Contrary to what you see in this photo of Washington Street this evening, there is still a Parking Ban in effect in the City of Providence, until further notice.
Update: The Mayor’s office just announced that the parking ban ends at noon today (Monday).
I’m seeing a lot of bellyaching on social media about streets not being plowed yet. While, my street is showing signs of blacktop, I feel others pain, but. We got walloped with feet of snow drifting to amazing proportions. There are hundreds of thousands, probably millions of tons of snow that need to be removed from hundreds of miles of roads. This is not something that just happens in a day or two, or more.
What does annoy me, is snow removal done wrong. The Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (of which I am a member) has discussed with Providence EMA the problem of plows piling snow at the corners of blocks, which then makes it impossible for abutters to comply with snow removal regulations. And while like I said, we’re dealing with a monumental amount of snow, that really has few places to go, I’m seeing a lot of signs around the few parts of the city that I’ve been able to reach this weekend, signs that this continues to happen.
While the photo above is from Pawtucket, not Providence, it illustrates the problem well. My friend who took the photo asked the workers who were dumping the snow if the abutter here would receive a fine and was told: ‘if they talked to city hall they wouldn’t get a fine.’
Well, that is nice for the pocketbook of the abutter (though, ‘talk to City Hall,’ is a rather vague directive), it sucks for all the people who now have to walk in East Avenue because the sidewalk will be closed for weeks.
The first part of the photos readers have been sending us over the duration of the storm. This first group starts with some from Friday as the storm got started.
Amtrak Northeast Service Advisories.
BREAKING: Gov Chafee has restricted travel on I-95, I-195, I-295, RI 146, RI 24 starting at 5pm. #snowRI
— Ted Nesi (@tednesi) February 8, 2013
Travel bans go into effect in Massachusetts and Connecticut Friday at 4pm. Authorized personnel only on roadways.
Service NYP to BOS disrupted 2/8 due to predicted winter storm. Some connecting services also impacted. Details at amtrak.com.
— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) February 7, 2013
National Grid Power Outage Map
Report an Outage: 1-800-465-1212
For text alerts send STORM to NGRID (64743)
Please be advised that cars left on the road in PVD will be towed. Just one car left on a street can keep it from being plowed. #PVDsnow
— Angel Taveras (@Angel_Taveras) February 8, 2013
— Rhode Island EMA (@RhodeIslandEMA) February 8, 2013
State of Emergency declared in Rhode Island.
Blizzard Warning 6am Friday to 1pm Saturday.
The short message about tomorrow (and Saturday, and probably Sunday too) is STAY HOME!
Of course, I’m planning to go to work for a while Friday, so practice what I preach, not so much.
What you need to know.
Here are some snowy sidewalk pics that illustrate the not-my-job mindset. I am glad the long sidewalk along North Burial Ground on North Main Street has been getting plowed lately, although when the snow is deep enough to bog down their little tractor, they simply fuggedaboutit. But how hard would it be to drive that little tractor a few yards farther along and clear the traffic island at Cemetary Street?
On a side note, this intersection is a fine example of inappropriate high-speed design. Oh yeah, there is a stop sign, but most drivers scoot right on through and merge into N. Main at full speed, with heads turned left to check approaching traffic as if they were at a highway on-ramp instead of a crosswalk. Also, note how the sidewalk on the traffic island is where the plow driver who clears the lawyer’s lot dumps snow.
I guess it a dead-serious matter of turf and good fences between Parks Dept and Public Works, (or RIDOT? Or the Feds? N Main is US 1, you know) that keeps the Parks Dept. tractor from plowing all the way to Branch Ave. It might take 90 seconds and cause huge paperwork and budget issues.
Yes, yes, the law says you have 8 hours until after the first light after it stops snowing to clear your sidewalk, blah, blah, blah… But, there is the law, and then there is sensibility and being a good neighbor.
Of course, I had no doubt, even though they are not open, and not required to do so, per usual, Angelo’s sidewalk is clear. It always is, it is like the sunrise, you know it will happen. This is an example of being a good neighbor and a good business person. This simple act creates amazing goodwill from me for Angelo’s.
Up the block, The Old Canteen has been really good with the few snowfalls we’ve had this winter. That plow pulling out of the lot, the driver of that plow is the one who shoveled the sidewalk, I watched him finish up, put his shovel in his truck, and leave. Old Canteen obviously has an arrangement for both their parking lot and their sidewalks to be clear; satisfying the needs of their customers in cars and on foot obviously makes good business sense.
The title on this video says it is Siberian, but the railroad crossing sign appears to be in English and commenters say it is Canadian. Wherever it is, it is cool to watch.
Some more photos from our readers have been added to our Flickr Group, share yours too!