New Haven Storm Clean-Up Today’s Top Priority: Neighborhoods
(New Haven, CT) Now that the areas around hospitals, main arterial roads and secondary roads have been made passable, the City of New Haven’s top priority today will be clearing out neighborhoods. The effort to clean up neighborhoods will be intensive, including crews to clear streets from snow and day laborers to shovel out bus-stops, catch basins (to prevent flooding), sidewalk intersections for pedestrian use and more.
“Our goal is to have all of New Haven neighborhood’s passable by mid-day on Tuesday,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
While the City’s top priority for today is clearing out neighborhoods, work will also begin on removing the enormous piles of plowed snow from intersections and clearing a wider path for travel on main arterial roads.
The City’s downtown parking ban has been extended through at least the end of the day today.
Abandoned cars—left by residents who thought that roads were passable but ended up getting stuck—are scattered across the City, impeding snow removal efforts. The City is stepping up its towing efforts and will be towing any car that is obstructing passage on any street.
To prevent more of these problems, the New Haven Police Department has set up check points at four locations in New Haven to discourage entry into the City for non-essential travel.
The checkpoints are located at four key entry points into the City:
• Fountain Street at the Woodbridge town line
• Dixwell Avenue at the Hamden town line
• Whitney Avenue at the Hamden town line
• Quinnipiac Avenue at the North Haven town line
This is being done to ensure public safety and to prevent any impediments to the City’s intensive snow removal efforts. Police at these checkpoints will speak with drivers and turn away anyone who is whose travel into the City is necessary.
“Stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe so we can clean up our City and ensure public safety while we do it,” said Mayor DeStefano. To that end, on Tuesday, February 12th, New Haven City Hall will be closed as will New Haven Public Schools, Senior Centers and Libraries and Yale University. Garbage pick-up has been cancelled for the rest of the week so that all public works crews can focus on the snow removal efforts. “This is our top priority right now,” noted Mayor DeStefano.
The City would like to remind residents of the following:
• Call 911 for emergencies only.
• Report all non-emergency storm related issues to the City’s Emergency Operations Center at 203-946-8221.
• Residents and contractors clearing snow from their cars and property, should not dump that snow into the street
• As residents begin to shovel out, please clear snow from fire hydrants located near your property and if your sidewalk includes a curb ramp (at a street intersection), please shovel that so the sidewalk is passable for wheelchair use.
Residents can sign up to receive automatic storm updates (via email or reverse 911 call) by going to http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp
Residents can also call 203-946-SNOW (7669) to hear the latest pre-recorded storm update.