Sidewalk Plowing Information

Photo of a sidewalk plow moving snow. Text: Sidewalk Plowing Information

The City is responsible for plowing approximately 90 miles of sidewalk. Sidewalks are typically plowed as soon as reasonably possible after A storm.  

However, the Downtown Business Districts (Rt. 126/Rt.135) sidewalks are always plowed during a storm. The reasoning behind this practice is to maintain traffic flow, accessibility to the commuter rail and pedestrian safety.

To view the City's sidewalk plowing routes, please click here.

Map of the City with the sidewalk routes color coated (JPEG)

City Bylaws Regarding Snow Removal - Article V, Section 15. Snow Removal

15.5.1 No person or entity, regardless of their ownership, tenancy, or other status or relationship to any property, nor any agent, employee, contractor or servant of any person or entity shall place, throw, plow or in any way move any snow or ice onto any portion of the Town's streets, ways, sidewalks, or land, except with the approval of the director of Public Works or his designee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this bylaw shall not be construed to prohibit owners or lawful occupants of residential premises from place snow and ice on the sidewalk while leaving unobstructed room for pedestrian passage, and from placing snow or ice from pavement edge to no more than one foot (12") out into the street, immediately adjacent to the driveway opening.

15.5.2 Anyone violating the prohibitions of this bylaw shall be subject to a specific penalty of a fine in an amount up to three-hundred dollars ($300) for each offense. The fine structure shall be as follows:

Residential (Less than 6 dwelling units)
First violation ...................................................................... $ 25.00
Second violation ................................................................. $ 50.00
Third or more violations ..................................................... $100.00

Commercial and 6 or more residential units 
First violation ...................................................................... $ 50.00
Second violation ................................................................. $100.00
Third or more violations ..................................................... $300.00