Providence Issues Parking Ban, After City Gets Hit with Half Foot of Snow

Monday, April 04, 2016

 

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The City of Providence has issued a parking ban starting at midnight on Tuesday to address snow removal, after the city was hit with a half foot of snow on Monday and poor driving conditions throughout the day.

The city called Monday's weather conditions, which saw snow fall all day long, an "evening storm."

The Monday afternoon -- and evening -- commute was treacherous as the city and state were not prepared for Monday's weather, despite the 4-6" forecast.

"Providence parking ban to begin at midnight as city clears streets following evening storm," said the city in its release.

City's Statement

 A citywide parking ban will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, and will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m.

Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be cleared.

Residents are invited to contact the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1 or using the PVD311 mobile app, which is available for iPhone and Android.

Individuals are reminded never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines and power outages to National Grid at 800-322-3223. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

To receive up-to-the-minute alerts and updates, residents are encouraged to register for the CodeRED emergency notification system by clicking here. 

 

Related Slideshow: Providence City Council Grades Snow Removal Efforts

GoLocalProv reached out to the 15 members of the Providence City Council to see how they thought the snow plowing and removal went in their wards. Asked to give a letter grade, see what they had to say below:

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Luis Aponte

Council President, Ward 10

Grade: C

Comment: Aponte said that constituant complaints were mostly about the narrowing of the streets, and the narrow passageways for both pedestrians and vehicles.  At some point, he says, it's not about the plowing, but how to remove the snow altogether.

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Sabina Matos

Ward 15

Grade: None Given

Comment: She supports the job the DPW and the administration did, and said that it's important for everyone to work together to find solutions.

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Bryan Principe

Ward 13

Grade: B

Comment: Principe said that it was a tough job with so much snow, but there was room for improvement.

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Nicholas Narducci

Ward 4

Grade: B

Comment: Narducci said that plow operators did well, but the inspectors needed to do a better job.

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Wilbur Jennings

Ward 8

Grade: B+

Comment: Jennings said it was a tough storm, and they did well in his ward, all things considered.

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Michael Correia

Ward 6

Grade: C-

Comment: None

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Terrence Hassett

Ward 12

Grade: C

Comment: Hassett felt that the combination of insufficent equipment and some of the contractors' work led to less than ideal results. He doesn't believe the workers are to blame, but overall the city needs to be more efficient.

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Kevin Jackson

Ward 3

Grade: C

Comment: None

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Jo-Ann Ryan

Ward 5

Grade: None Given

Comment: "The issues with snow removal in my Ward were consistent with issues across the City. I feel grading the effort is not a productive exercise. I choose instead to commit to working with my fellow Council members and the Mayor to study the operation in an open and transparent forum to find solutions.  While the around-the-clock effort put forth by the city workers during the blizzard, along with the response to numerous calls for assistance was commendable, the end result is our citizens are generally not happy and we need to do better."

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Carmen Castillo

Ward 9

Grade: None Given

Comment: Castillo was reluctant to give a letter grade, but said there was room for improvement in her ward.

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Mary Kay Harris

Ward 11

Grade: None Given

Comment: No comment, wants to further assess the work done in her ward.

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Samuel Zurier

Ward 2

Grade: Incomplete

Comment: None

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David Salvatore

Ward 14

Grade: None Given

Comment: Salvatore said there was room for improvement, and that he looks forward to working with the new Elorza Administration on the issue.

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John Igliozzi

Ward 7

Grade: B

Comment: "It was a blizzard. I give them a B."

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Seth Yurdin

Ward 1

Councilman Yurdin did not respond to GoLocalProv's request for comment as of Thursday night.

 
 

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