2018-01-04 / Around Town

City Prepares for First Snowstorm

With today’s impending storm, here are a few things Newport residents should know regarding snow removal and icy sidewalks.

Owners and occupants responsible for the care of a building that borders any street, square or public place must remove snow within five hours of daylight after the snow has fallen. In all streets where there is a curbstone, a three-foot wide pathway must be cleared for pedestrians.

Snow cannot be removed by throwing or plowing it onto the travel line of a public roadway. In addition, it must not be shoveled, plowed or deposited directly into any waterway, including all fresh ponds and the waters of Newport Harbor.

If any sidewalk adjoining a building or lot of land on any street has ice, the owner, the occupant or the person responsible for the care of the building must remove the ice or cover it with sand or ashes within four hours of daylight after the snowfall.

There will also be a parking ban in effect beginning at noon on Thursday, Jan. 4 until 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5. Motor vehicles parked 30 minutes after the public ban may be towed. Residents can utilize the following parking lots free of charge during the parking ban: Gateway Center, Mary Street lot and Easton’s Beach.

Parking Bans

The following streets are designated tow zones for emergency snow removal work: Annandale Road, Bellevue Avenue (Kay Street to Bowery St), Bedlow Avenue, Bliss Road, Broadway, Coggeshall Avenue, Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, East Bowery Street, Farewell Street, Friendship Street, Gibbs Avenue, Gould Street, Kay Street, Powell Avenue, Spring Street, Summer Street, Thames Street, Third Street, Warner Street, Washington Street, Washington Square, West Narragansett Avenue, William Street, and Van Zandt Avenue, from J.T. Connell Memorial Road East to Malbone Road.

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