Note from Will B:
This issue is a work in progress for us — we are continuing to try to form a clearer understanding of DCR’s plowing priorities and the resources that they have available.
Every winter our office receives questions about snow removal on DCR properties. DCR and MassDOT share responsible for snow removal on DCR roadways, sidewalks and paths. A map of the DCR plowing priorities can be seen here.DCR has passed along its Storm Management Plan, which details its snow removal policies:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation follows a comprehensive Storm Management plan for snow and ice season that clarifies locations for which DCR has snow removal responsibility, identifies available snow removal resources and establishes clear operation procedures and policies. The following link lists all parkways and sidewalks that are cleared by DCR staff and contractors as well as those under the jurisdiction of MassDOT. The link also details the priority levels of DCR snow removal priorities. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/winter-storm-mgmt/
Snow Removal Priorities All snow removal locations are prioritized according to the following categories:
- Level 1 (during a storm event): Primary roadways and parkways* State Police barracks Traffic bridges Potential flood zones Designated sidewalks, pathways, and crosswalks which provide safe passage in the immediate proximity to schools while in-session.
- Level 2 (dedication of snow removal resources within first 12 hours after storm event): Secondary roadways and parkways State House passage and street parking Sidewalks, pathways and crosswalks providing safe passages to schools, foot bridges, bus shelters, bus stops, T-stations, including median strips and handicap ramps
- Level 3 (snow removal response may occur beyond first 12 hours after storm event): DCR-managed ice skating rinks parking lots (12), if open Interior park roads and tertiary parkways DCR facilities and building parking lots Less traveled sidewalks, pathways, crosswalks and multi-use paths**These less traveled sidewalks, cross walks and multi-use paths may be cleared as specific public safety needs warrant. As resources allow, DCR will attempt to address Level 3 priorities by focusing on sidewalks without immediate abutters. DCR anticipates the continued cooperation from abutters in clearing the remainder of Level 3 priority sidewalks consistent with municipal ordinances within the metropolitan Boston area. (Note: The sidewalk category symbol on the DCR online viewer includes sidewalks, pathways and multi-use paths parallel to parkways and the South West Corridor Bike Path and the Charles River Bike Paths.)
- Level 4 * All parkways under MassDOT responsibility are considered priority level 1 parkways, but are coded in the GIS system as “4” for technical purposes.
- Level 5 Many sidewalks and multi-use paths are not cleared by DCR in order to provide alternative winter recreational resources, such as, skiing and snowshoeing.
In addition, please feel free to have constituents call in these types of issues to our Community Relations Line which is at 617-626-4973.
Do not hesitate to contact our office if you notice an area that is not receiving appropriate attention: (617) 722-1280
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger