City botches snow emergency routes
Snow Emergency Routes begin cleanup 72 hours late
The purpose of the snow emergency routes in Hoboken is to facilitate cleanup – so that PARKED CARS do not stick out and make it difficult for emergency vehicles to get where they’re going.
To quote city code § 190-36:
“Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the (designated) streets. The parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased, until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.”
In other words – with the city knowing full well that a massive storm was coming days in advance – these “snow emergency routes” should have been cleared PROMPTLY.
However, seeing that the city didn’t even have the proper equipment, and started very late – it may be a moot point at this time. It was still a MASSIVE FAIL.
Below are some photos of the Willow Avenue cleanup last night. A couple dozen cars were ticketed and towed away – however, Hoboken Police reached out to every registered owner of the cars parked in that zone.
See previous updates from three days ago – after the jump!
Hoboken Emergency Routes clogged & not plowed
Blizzards like this are by no means a “pleasant” task – however, with foresight and planning – communities can ensure at least the minimum steps can be handled properly.
For decades, the city had established “Snow Emergency Routes” which implore that streets like Washington, Willow, 3rd, 4th and 5th are free of cars so that plows can quickly clear the roads to allow emergency vehicles to get through (to the hospital, etc.) This also means that cars are normally towed once the snow emergency is declared – not after two feet of snow has fallen.
Not the case in Hoboken during this storm. Hoboken411 has received many emails wondering why the streets weren’t plowed or cleared of cars before-hand.
Michael said: “Willow Avenue has been blocked off between 7th and 8th street for at least the past five hours because of a minivan stuck in the road. Ambulances have struggled to maneuver down 8th street because they can’t go by. Hoboken is supposed to clear the west side of Willow avenue and tow those vehicles, instead they just plowed them in. Now the road is just sitting full of snow since no tow truck or plow has come by. It’s not just the current mayor that ignored the emergency rules, but to have the hospital route ignored is really bad today.”
Sarah sent this photo in of 3rd Street – which is also an emergency route – and clearly wasn’t plowed: