CITY OF NEW BRITAIN
Office of the Mayor
The Honorable Erin E. Stewart
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017
City of New Britain Preparing for Tuesday’s Snow Additional plows being brought into service, among other measures
NEW BRITAIN—The City of New Britain is preparing for Tuesday’s snow storm by bringing additional snow plows into operation, pre-treating roads with salt, coordinating emergency response efforts among various departments, and closely watching the forecast, Mayor Erin Stewart said Monday morning.
Stewart will meet with members of the City’s Emergency Operations team Monday afternoon to further coordinate response efforts among departments and organizations. The team includes members of the New Britain Police and Fire Departments, New Britain EMS, and the City’s Health and Public Works Departments. The City’s Emergency Operations Center is located in the Police Department; no decision has been made yet on whether to open the center though officials are monitoring the need to do so.
In anticipation of the storm—which could bring anywhere from 18 to 26 inches of snow—Mayor Stewart has ordered a parking ban, effective midnight on Monday. Residents are encouraged to remove their car from the street Monday evening in order to make clearing the roadway more efficient for plow truck drivers. Vehicles in violation of the parking ban are subject to a $100 parking ticket and will be towed at the owner’s expense.
It is suggested that residents not travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary, such as in the case of an emergency. Conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly and blizzard conditions are expected after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Residents are urged to move their car off the street and into designated parking areas ahead of the snow storm.
Free parking is available at Osgood Park; Stanley Golf Course; Quonset hut parking lot (655 Slater Road); the parking lot at the corner of Wildwood and Linden Streets; Washington Park (opposite Gold Street); Martha Hart Park; the Badolato parking garage; the Szczesny garage; and the parking lot at the Pulaski Club (89 Grove St.)
"We have been tracking this storm since early last week and have been planning accordingly," said Mayor Stewart. "We have all of our Public Works crews on standby. Our snow removal equipment is prepped and ready for the snow."
Stewart continued: "Additionally, we are working closely with the New Britain Fire Department, the New Britain Police Department, and New Britain EMS to ensure they are able to respond to any emergencies during the storm. In anticipation of the high winds and possible power outages, we are in close contact with Eversource to make sure critical areas are restored as rapidly as possible."
According to Public Works Director Mark Moriarty, forecasters are calling for the snow to start around 4 a.m. on Tuesday and continue until the evening; the heaviest snow is expected to fall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The snow is expected to fall at a rate of between 1 to 3 inches of snow per hour. Crews will begin pre-treating roadways with salt around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
"We will have a heightened snow removal operation," said Moriarty. "We will be scheduling extra trucks for our routes due to the expected intensity of the storm. We will also have additional equipment on standby, such as pay loaders, to put into use. Additionally, we have put contractors on notice in case they are needed to help assist in our cleanup efforts."
Residents are reminded that crews often plow snow up to 10 hours after the snow has finished. Property owners must clear their sidewalks and are urged to dig out their snowbank in order to make room for trash and recycling cans. For more snow removal tips, residents can visit newbritainct.gov
Updates during the snowstorm will be posted on newbritainct.gov; on the Mayor’s Twitter (@StewartforNB) and Facebook (@ErinStewartCT) accounts and on the City’s Twitter account (@CoNBCT) and Facebook (@NewBritainCT).
Residents who have their trash picked up on Tuesday are asked by trash removal provider CWPM to place their containers out early Monday evening. CWPM trucks will make an effort to do as many routes as possible on Tuesday until conditions force them to stop. CWPM will continue where they left off on Wednesday. CWPM expects to fully complete their recycling routes.
David R. Huck
( Press Release )