Greenfield DPW Prepared for Winter Season

The Greenfield Department of Public Works, its road maintenance personnel and fleet of 27 vehicles stand ready to respond to keep the City’s 110 miles of roads and 7.4 acres of parking lots clear of ice and snow this winter.

“Winter weather means all hands on deck at the DPW. It involves coordinating plow routes, customer service operators and route supervisors to inspect and control plowing activities and staffing mechanics and other support personnel,” said DPW Director Marlo Warner. “We ask that residents use extra care around plow trucks and recognize that winter storms mean extra long hours for DPW staff who are doing their absolute best to maintain the roads.”

Though the City adjusts its winter weather response strategy based on the forecast and the timing of the storm, crews may pretreat the roads with salt brine solution and treated salt in advance of the storm, conduct plowing operations during the storm and remain deployed for post-storm cleanup, particularly in the downtown area. It takes roughly seven hours to plow all 110 miles of roadway once. During a long-duration storm, the streets may be plowed two or three times.

Winter Snow Reminders for Residents, Businesses and Visitors:

  • Emergency Winter Parking Ban - When the Mayor or Public Works Director declares a parking ban, vehicles are prohibited from parking on City streets and overnight parking in municipal lots is prohibited, with the exception of designated areas of the Chapman/Davis Lot. In addition, the first three levels of the Olive Street Garage will be available for free overnight parking. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

    Parking ban information is released through the Greenfield Alert system and online through the City’s website and social media channels.

  • Sidewalks - Owners of property that abuts public sidewalks are responsible for the removal of snow from sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of the snowfall, as set forth in City Ordinance 159-16.

  • Fire Hydrants - For neighborhood safety, owners of property that abuts public fire hydrants should remove a two-foot-wide path of snow to and around the hydrant within 24 hours after the end of the snowfall, as set forth in City Ordinance 159-25.

  • Trash and Recycling - Residents are reminded that trash and recycling items placed at the curb must be accessible from the street side of the snow bank. In most cases, a “shelf” can be easily shoveled into the snow bank to provide a suitable spot for containers and bags, or items can be placed at the end of the driveway. Trash and recycling located on the sidewalk behind snow banks will not be collected.

  • Sand - Greenfield residents can pick up free winter sand at the DPW yard at 209 Wells Street Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and during storm operations. The sand is located to the right when entering the parking lot.

While the City’s goal is to keep roads passable during winter weather events, motorists are urged to stay off the roads at the height of storms if possible to enhance safety and allow emergency responders and DPW crews to operate more efficiently.