The New Haven Independent looks back at the Blizzard of 1888 which dumped 45 inches of snow on the city. Their article illustrates, with photos from the New Haven Museum, the fact that the sidewalks in Downtown New Haven were cleared first after that storm; highlighting the transportation priorities of then versus today.
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As a light snow falls today, here’s the last look at photos sent in by our readers of last weekend’s blizzard.
The following photos of the West End were emailed to us by Deborah Hickey:
The third part of the photos readers have been sending us over the duration of the storm.
Yellow Jackets working hard in PPAC Square clearing snow.
The second part of the photos readers have been sending us over the duration of the storm. This set shows some of the day after.
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.
Atwells Avenue is closed at Dean Street due to a gas leak. Dean Street appears to still be open to through traffic, but no traffic is being allowed from Dean onto Atwells. Pedestrians are being allowed through, and no evacuations have been ordered.
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.
This police officer on her phone in her cruiser was no help to me as I was forced to play a real life game of Frogger crossing Atwells and Dean this morning when the traffic lights were out due to the storm.
The officer at Atwells and the Service Road was only slightly more helpful.
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.
I went out for a walk last night during the storm. Here are some of the photos I took.
These are some of the snow photos our readers shared in our Flickr Group. Add yours and we’ll post them here too.
Have you lived in New England for more than a year or so? Remember how last year it snowed, and the year before that it snowed, and for 10,000 years before that it snowed? Well, get ready, all the weather people seem to agree, it is going to snow again Saturday.
So, you might want to remember how to deal with it. The City luckily, has you covered.
— Providence EMA (@PEMA591) December 29, 2012
When snow season arrives, City crews, residents and businesses need to work together to manage challenging winter weather conditions.
The Providence Public Works Department is responsible for clearing snow and ice on more than 421 miles of City-maintained roads in the City of Providence.
City of Providence Snow Facts
- Over 130 pieces of equipment are available for every storm, including plows, tractors, snow blowers, graders, loaders and pickup trucks.
- Materials and equipment are housed at one central location in Providence.
- Public Works replenishes supplies after every storm.
How We Plow
- The first priority for city crews during and immediately after a snowfall is to clear priority roads, including major arterial streets, bus routes, bus stops, and roads that access fire stations and hospitals.
- The second priority is to clear collector streets and routes leading to schools.
- Once conditions have been stabilized on first- and second-priority routes, crews will begin to clear local streets. Local streets are not plowed immediately during a snow event. In the event of continual snowfall, it may take longer than usual for plows to reach local streets as first- and second-priority streets will require additional attention.
What are your legal requirements as a citizen of Providence when it comes to snow removal?
Sec. 23-13. – Removal of snow — Required.
All owners, occupants or persons, having care of any building or lot bordering upon any street, highway or public place within the city, shall, within the first eight (8) hours of daylight after the end of any snowfall, or the fall or deposit of snow on the sidewalk of said building or lot from any cause whatsoever:
- Remove or cause to be removed all snow from a path not less than three (3) feet in width of the entire border in or on said street, highway, or public place;
- Remove or cause to be removed all snow from around any fire hydrant on the sidewalk in front of said building or lot;
- Remove or cause to be removed all snow from the opening of any catch basin in the sidewalk of said building or lot;
- Remove or cause to be removed all snow from pedestrian-access ramps cut into street curbs bordering said building or lot;
Any person found guilty of violating this section shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). The enforcement of the above shall be done by the city police department and/or an inspector or supervisor of the city public works department. Failure to pay the fine within thirty (30) days will result in the creation of a special lien against the said lot(s), which lien shall be removed only upon payment of the fine plus an administrative penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The imposition of such fine and other charges may be appealed to municipal court within ten (10) days of the issuance of a written citation.
Currently hanging on Fred Campagna’s every word, Tweet, Faceplace post… Get ready for Snowblogging.
It was a pretty yucky walk home tonight.