Guide to Snowstorms for Residents and Business Owners

The following is a summary of relevant information for residents and business owners in the event of a snowstorm and is in accordance with the City of New Bedford Code of Ordinances and the Policies and Procedures of the Department of Public Infrastructure.

Overview of the Department of Public Infrastructure’s Snow and Ice Control Procedures:

When a “full snow emergency” is declared by the Commissioner of Public Infrastructure, personnel and equipment are activated to conduct snow removal operations.

The City of New Bedford has a variety of vehicles and equipment available to treat icy roads and to plow snow including: one hundred and twenty (120) plow trucks ranging in size from large ten-wheel dump trucks to 4×4 pickup trucks, and sixteen (16) pieces of heavy equipment are available for mobilization in the event of a large storm or blizzard.

Employees and equipment are dispatched to conduct snow removal on road within their assigned routes. Main streets, hospital routes and bus routes are first priority and then secondary roadways including side streets etc. will be addressed.

New Bedford Private Property Owner’s Responsibility to Clear Snow From Abutting Sidewalks

No One May Shovel or Plow Snow or Ice onto City Streets

  • The City of New Bedford Code of Ordinances prohibits anyone from placing snow or ice onto the public roadways. Violations of this ordinance are subject to a $50.00 fine. For the full text of the relevant City Ordinance, see City of New Bedford Code of Ordinances Sec. 22-15. – Snow and ice—Removal from sidewalks; required and City of New Bedford Code of Ordinances Sec. 17-18. – Noncriminal disposition of violations of certain ordinances, rules and regulations.)

Declaration of a Snow Emergency Parking Ban

When will a parking ban be declared?

When the forecast calls for significant snowfall and the Commissioner of Public Infrastructure determines that the storm will require more than normal operations, he declares a full snow emergency and requests that the Mayor implement a snow emergency parking ban.

How can I find out whether a parking ban is in effect?

The announcement of a snow emergency parking ban is made via local media (print, radio, television and online). The information will also be posted to the City of New Bedford website, New Bedford Cable Access, and the City of New Bedford social media accounts.

What are the rules for on street parking during a snow emergency parking ban?

The parking ban will be strictly enforced and will remain in effect for 48-hours thereafter, unless lifted or further extended by City officials. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to allow public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely.

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the north side of all streets going east and west, and is permitted on the east side of all streets going north and south. The permitted side of the street is typically the side opposite of the fire hydrants.

Please note that on streets which are normally posted for parking on one side of the street only, residents are to obey the signs as usual.

Vehicles should never be parked within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant or twenty (20) feet from a corner as required by law, regardless of whether a snow ban is in effect, or not.

Double-sided Park Bank Areas Being Expanded

To increase public safety during storm events, as of January 2016, the areas designated for a double-sided parking ban have been expanded to include sections of five new streets (listed below), in addition to the Downtown and Acushnet Avenue Business Districts where a double-sided ban has been in place in years past.

The new street sections were selected because they are major routes for ambulances, school buses, and SRTA buses, and have a history of large vehicles being unable to successfully navigate due to the narrowness of the street.

During a snow emergency parking ban, no parking is therefore permitted on either side of the street in the following areas:

  • Downtown Business District: Downtown New Bedford between Walnut Street northerly to the Octopus and County Street easterly to JFK Boulevard
  • Acushnet Avenue Business District: Acushnet Avenue, Coggeshall Street to Tarkiln Hill Road
  • Ashley Boulevard (from Nash Road to Coggeshall Street)
  • County Street (from Union Street to Sawyer Street)
  • Kempton Street (from Rockdale Avenue to Pleasant Street)
  • Mill Street (from Rockdale Avenue to Pleasant Street)
  • Cottage Street (Union Street to Durfee Street)

(Map of Double-Sided Parking Ban Areas)

What are the consequences for violating the parking ban regulations?

Violations of the snow emergency parking regulations will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

Are there public lots available where I may park my motor vehicle during a parking ban?

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of free, off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

  • Victory Park – Brock Avenue
  • Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue
  • Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court
  • Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field
  • Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side
  • Former St. Mary’s Home – Entrance on Mill Street
  • Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue
  • Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street
  • Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)
  • Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue
  • Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments
  • Former AVX site on Belleville Avenue at Hadley Street
  • Former Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue
  • Elm Street Garage
  • Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street
  • New Bedford High School – 230 Hathaway Boulevard
  • Keith Middle School – 225 Hathaway Boulevard
  • Normandin Middle School – 81 Felton Street
  • Roosevelt Middle School – 119 Fredrick Street
  • Charles S Ashley Elementary School – 122 Rochambeau Street
  • Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elementary School – 212 Nemasket Street
  • Elwyn G Campbell Elementary School – 145 Essex Street
  • Sgt Wm H Carney Academy Elementary School – 247 Elm Street
  • Lot at intersection of Elm and Cottage (Southeast Corner)
  • James B Congdon Elementary School – 50 Hemlock Street
  • John B DeValles Elementary School – 120 Katherine Street
  • Alfred J Gomes Elementary School – 286 South Second Street
  • Ellen R Hathaway Elementary School – 256 Court Street
  • Hayden/McFadden Elementary School – 361 Cedar Grove Street
  • Horatio A Kempton Elementary School – 135 Shawmut Avenue
  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School – 445 Ashley Boulevard
  • Carlos Pacheco Elementary School – 261 Mt. Pleasant Street
  • John Avery Parker Elementary School – 705 County Street
  • Casmir Pulaski Elementary School – 1097 Braley Road
  • Thomas R Rodman Elementary School – 497 Mill Street
  • William H Taylor Elementary School – 620 Brock Avenue
  • SEA LAB/John Hannigan Elementary School – 91 Portland Street
  • Jireh Swift Elementary School – 2203 Acushnet Avenue
  • Betsey B Winslow Elementary School – 561 Allen Street

New Bedford Public Schools Delayed Opening and/or Closure Announcement

Announcements regarding the status of New Bedford Public Schools are made through the office of the Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools. The public is encouraged to monitor the New Bedford Public Schools website www.newbedfordschools.org and the NBPS social media accounts as well as local radio stations (WBSM AM 1420 and WFHN FUN 107 FM), local television stations (Providence and Boston stations) and the New Bedford Standard Times for information regarding school cancellations and delays.

Important Emergency Contact Numbers

  • To report a downed power line, medical, fire or other emergencies please dial 911.
  • To report a power outage to NSTAR 1-800-592-2000
  • To report snow removal issues on city streets 508-991-6150 or email at stormcentral@newbedford-ma.gov
  • New Bedford Police Department’s Non-Emergency Line 508-991-6300

Sand Barrel Locations:

  1. Norfolk St & Acushnet Ave
  2. Toby St & Acushnet Ave
  3. Manila St & Acushnet Ave
  4. Fire Station #5 –Acushnet Ave
  5. Phillips Rd & Pine Hill Dr
  6. Welby Rd, North Side, Between Two Buildings
  7. Essex St & Phillips Rd, Campbell School
  8. Saint Theresa’s Church – Acushnet Ave
  9. Balls Corner, Mill Rd & Belleville Ave
  10. Saint Mary’s School/Church –Illinois St
  11. Tarkiln Hill Rd & Acushnet Ave
  12. Police Station #3 – Ashley Blvd
  13. Wilks Library –Acushnet Ave & Princeton St
  14. Ashley Blvd & Princeton St
  15. Belleville Rd & Hope St
  16. Mount Pleasant St on Nash Rd Side (in place)
  17. Fire Station –Davis St & Acushnet Ave
  18. Deane St & Ashley Blvd
  19. Bullard St & Acushnet Ave
  20. Shawmut Diner, Between the Driveways
  21. Acushnet Ave & Sawyer St
  22. Sawyer St & Mount Pleasant St
  23. Beetle St & North Front St
  24. Beetle St & N. Front St
  25. Coggeshall St & Ashley Blvd
  26. Coggeshall & Purchase St
  27. 10 Kilburn St
  28. Purchase St & Logan St
  29. Rockdale Ave & Granit St
  30. Linden St & County St, South Side of Linden St
  31. Fire Station #7 –Durfee St & Cottage St
  32. Durfee St & Shawmut Ave
  33. Red Cross, Rockdale Ave & Durfee St
  34. Purchase St & Wamsutta Ave
  35. Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Studley St & Summer St, On West Side
  36. Merrimac St & County St
  37. 1554 Purchase St, Fire Repair
  38. Pleasant St & Pope St
  39. Parker St & County St, East Side of County St
  40. Parker St & Rockdale Ave
  41. Pleasant St & Pearl St
  42. Purchase St & Campbell St
  43. Cottage St & Campbell St
  44. Sycamore St & State St
  45. County St & Sycamore St
  46. Pleasant St, Rear Lot of Fire Prevention
  47. Maxfield St & Pleasant St
  48. E.M.T.S. Chancery St, Inside Parking Area
  49. S.E.C. Summer St & Hillman St
  50. Ash St & Hillman St
  51. Fire Station #2 –Pleasant St
  52. County St & North St
  53. Pope’s Island Marina
  54. Third District Court, North Side of Kempton St
  55. Liberty St & Kempton St
  56. Pleasant St & Middle St
  57. South Sixth St & Middle St
  58. County St & Middle St
  59. Elm St Garage, On Acushnet Ave
  60. Buttonwood Library
  61. Pier 3 –Visitors Center
  62. South Water & Hamilton St
  63. William St & Acushnet Ave, Custom House Square
  64. City Hall, Pleasant St Side
  65. Centre St & Front St
  66. Market St & Sixth St
  67. Second St & Union St
  68. Union St & Acushnet Ave
  69. Purchase St & Union St
  70. Eighth St and Union St
  71. County St & Union St
  72. Spring St & Pleasant St
  73. Zeiterion Garage, Acushnet Ave Entrance
  74. School St & Purchase St
  75. School St & Sixth St
  76. School St & County St
  77. Walnut St & Acushnet Ave
  78. Maple St & Atlantic St
  79. Maple St & Reed St
  80. Madison St & County St
  81. Fire Museum, Bedford St & Sixth St
  82. Page St & Bedford St
  83. Wing St & Acushnet Ave
  84. Wing St & County St
  85. Fair St & County St
  86. Fire Station #6, Purchase St
  87. Thompson St & Crapo St
  88. County St & Rivet St
  89. Bonney St & Rivet St
  90. Bolton St & Rivet St
  91. Delano St & South First St
  92. Jouvette St & Bonney St
  93. Howland Green Library, Driveway, Rodney French Blvd
  94. Rockdale Ave & Dartmouth St
  95. Fire Station #11, Brock Ave & Mott St
  96. Willard St & West Rodney French Blvd
  97. Clegg Field, Brock Ave
  98. Brock Ave & Portland St
  99. Wastewater Treatment Plant, Community Center
  100. South Rodney French Blvd, Cable Access Building

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