Snow Storm Policy

Tips for Coping with Snow Storms
Snow Emergencies
Where Do I Park
Snow and Ice Control
Ice Control Operations
Plowing Operations
Sidewalk Clearing
Residential Walks
Commercial Walks
Where to put the Snow?
City Ordinances
Who Do I Contact For...?


Tips for Coping with Snow Storms

  • Whenever possible, pile snow to the right of the driveway to reduce the potential of having it redeposited in your driveway opening.
  • Snow should be kept on the owners’ property (not on the street).
  • Shovel your driveway after the storm to avoid doing it twice.
  • Prevent flooding by clearing catch basins near your home to allow rain or melting snow to enter the drainage system.
  • Older residents or persons with health problems should consult their physician prior to shoveling snow.
  • In the interest of safety, clear fire hydrants of snow in your neighborhood. Please clear a wide enough perimeter around the hydrant for firefighters to work (about 3 feet). Make sure to clear a path from the hydrant to the street. Click here for guidelines on how to locate the nearest hydrant(s) to your property

 

Snow Emergencies
The Consolidated Public Works Director will call a “snow emergency / parking ban” when Excessive amounts of snow are predicted. All vehicles MUST be removed from all roadways to allow for a better clearing job. Any vehicles left on the road are subject to tow. These emergencies are usually called well in advance of these storms to allow residents plenty of time to make arrangements. Snow Emergencies are broadcast on all major television stations as well as local television and on the City of Waltham web site. It is strongly advised that residents move their vehicles as soon as possible.

 

Where Do I Park?
The City of Waltham has several municipal & school lots. If you are unable to park in a driveway during a parking ban, you may use ANY Municipal or School parking lot & you do not have to pay the meters to park (only applicable when parking ban is in effect). When a parking ban is in place, there is absolutely NO parking on city streets as violators may be subject to tow. If your car is towed, you can call the Waltham, MA Police Department to recover it at 781-314-3600.

After a parking ban is lifted, you have:
2 HOURS to remove cars from SCHOOL LOTS
24 HOURS to remove cars from MUNICIPAL LOTS

Any cars remaining in school lots at the 2 HOUR MARK from the time the parking ban has been released, will be ticketed or towed. Any cars remaining in municipal lots at the 24 HOUR MARK from the time the parking ban has been released, will be ticketed or towed.

Click HERE for map of all Municipal & School parking lots (Municipal lots are represented with a circle, School lots are represented with a diamond)
 


Snow and Ice Control
The City of Waltham’s snow and ice control policy is to make the roads passable and safe considering the weather conditions. During a storm, our objective is to keep the roads accessible for police, fire and ambulance services. After each storm we will strive to make the roads safe for the general public. We are committed to providing an effective, efficient service.

 

Ice Control Operations
Consolidated Public Works is responsible for more than 150 miles of roadway to be treated and plowed. There are many municipal parking areas, schools and municipal buildings. The streets of Waltham have been divided into 11 salt routes plus schools. During light snow and ice conditions the major arteries are treated to make them safe as quickly as possible. Secondary streets and municipal lots are treated with a sand-salt mixture for safe passage.


Plowing Operations
Waltham’s streets are divided into 61 plow routes plus schools. During a significant snow storm the streets on each route are plowed in sequence and made passable as quickly as possible. While it is snowing, drivers are instructed to open up each route. When the storm abates the drivers will widen out all streets by pushing the accumulated snow back to the curb. To avoid shoveling driveways several times residents should wait to clear after the plow operation is over. This is usually about 2 hours after the last snow has fallen.


Sidewalk Clearing
Whenever there is a significant snowfall, the City of Waltham will plow sidewalks as soon as possible on selected roadways and school routes. (schools being first priority)


Residential Walks
While there is currently no ordinance in the City of Waltham that requires residents to clear their walks, it is strongly encouraged to ensure safe pedestrian passage. 


Commercial Walks
City ordinance 17-23 states that certain sidewalks (Moody & Main) are the responsibility of the owners of that property.


Where to put the Snow?
Residents and businesses should not shovel, blow, plow or throw snow onto the streets or pile it so as to block sidewalks. City ordinance 17-16 prohibits this and could result in a fine.