FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2024
City of Kingston Snow Emergency Procedures
No Parking on Snow Emergency Routes, Alternate Side Parking for All Other Roadways
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Department of Public Works would like to remind residents of Snow Emergency procedures in the City of Kingston.
When a Snow Emergency is declared, alternate side parking rules are in effect for all roadways except Snow Emergency Route and dead-end streets. To allow Public Works to effectively clear snow, there is no on-street parking along Snow Emergency Routes or dead-end streets for the duration of a snow event. In addition, no parking is allowed within 50 feet of any street corner and vehicles must not block fire hydrants, driveways, entryways/exits for parking lots, or in any hazardous manner. The best place for vehicles during a Snow Emergency is always off-street.
“As we prepare for the possibility of snow accumulation this weekend, we thought it would be helpful to remind folks of not only the Snow Emergency parking rules, but also best practices to ensure the safety of all,” said Mayor Noble. “In addition to removing your vehicle from the street, if possible, or moving to the correct side of the street as soon as a Snow Emergency is declared, you are also responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of your property within 12 hours of a snow event. We need the cooperation of all residents to make the snow removal process a smooth one.”
DPW Superintendent Ed Norman said, “We will be brining on Friday for road pretreatment, and are well-equipped for the winter season, but the public’s cooperation is imperative for successful snow clearing. We have 49 pieces of equipment available for drivers and laborers to clear the streets, but as always, we ask for the public’s patience as we clear 90 miles of road across the city. In addition to moving your vehicle, it’s important to also remove any obstructions in the snow storage areas, such as basketball hoops, flower planters or pots, trash and recycling cans, and or anything that could be damaged by rolling snow from the plows. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.”
DPW snow equipment includes: 11 large 6-wheel dump trucks with plow and salters, one large 10-wheel dump truck with plow, one large 10-wheel dump truck with plow and salter, seven small dump trucks with plows and salters, 13 pick-up trucks with plows, one brine truck, two large loaders, four skid loaders, two roll-off trucks, one enclosed riding snowblower, five walk-behind snowblowers, and one mechanics truck with plow.
Alternate side parking means that, during a Snow Emergency, parking is permitted on the odd side of the street on odd numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even numbered calendar days. The odd or even side of the street is determined by house numbers. At 7:00am the following day, vehicles must move to the opposite side of the street. Vehicles not in compliance will be ticketed and towed.
During a Snow Emergency, regular alternate side parking rules are suspended. On-street and off-street parking meters are suspended. Pre-existing parking restrictions which allow or prohibit parking on a particular side of the street are temporarily superseded by Snow Emergency alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules.
As a reminder, Snow Emergency Routes include the following streets:
East Chester Street
A Snow Emergency is typically announced if more than 3 inches of snow are forecasted, and plowing is required. The City of Kingston will announce a Snow Emergency in the following ways:
- Online at http://www.kingston-ny.gov and at the City of Kingston Facebook page.
- By phone or text using the City’s notification system, Smart 911. Sign up to receive calls or texts here.
- By e-mail. Recipients of the Mayor’s newsletter will receive an e-mail notification. Sign up for the newsletter here.
- Via media—all local media will be alerted.
For a snow-related service request or to report hazardous road conditions, call the DPW Dispatch at 845-338-2114 or use Kingston 311. For towed vehicles, call the Kingston Police Department at 845-331-1671.
For those who are unable to move their vehicle off the road, the following municipal parking lots are free and open to the public during a Snow Emergency:
All 3 North Front Street lots
Forsyth Park lot adjacent to the tennis courts
Dock St. Lot
117-165 Abeel St.
Trolley Museum lot
Kingston Point Beach
Sea Deli lot
Hodge Center lot
AME Zion Church on Franklin St. lot
Cornell St. lot
Prince St. lot
Lot next to Arace Electronics (357 Broadway)
Broadway Commons (615 Broadway)
The City of Kingston recently mailed an informational flyer with Snow Emergency procedures to every household. More information about Snow Emergency routes and procedures can be found at: www.kingston-ny.gov/snowemergency.