City botches snow emergency routes

12/30/2010 Update:

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!

12/27/2010:

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:

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44 Comments on "City botches snow emergency routes"

Mrs. L
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Mrs. L

New job field just created! Transcribing the thoughts of others who don’t know how to write (or type) properly.

At the same time, many of our youth now use modern abbreviations in their regular writing. OMG, etc.

Luckygirl
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Luckygirl

lol[quote comment=”201515″]New job field just created! Transcribing the thoughts of others who don’t know how to write (or type) properly.At the same time, many of our youth now use modern abbreviations in their regular writing. OMG, etc.[/quote]

fmwilches
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fmwilches

…For all those that pay taxes… and VOTE… remember this- if you are NOT satisfied with… the current…. “commander in… chief..” than in time of the NEXT ELECTION- when ZIMMmmer- is looking for 4 more yrs…. // do what she did…. // take a vacation… to N.H. and forget about her too! Mean while… keep an ‘ eye-out ‘ for WASTEFULL $$ in the form..of… CITY EMPLOYEES…. goffing-off // cause there are PLENTY OF THAT going on ! and WE all PAY FOR IT ! // can you say…. next “budget- hearings? ” documented… and inform the NEWS or the State of N.J. Cause… at City Hall…. they turn a death ear (s) ! 🙄

bmacqueens
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Is there an anti-Zimmer person on this board who is both literate and coherent? Seriously – fmwilches, WT, the whole lot of you … If you really want people to side with you, kindly go back to basics …

1. Capitalization;
2. Punctuation;
3. Standard modern English grammar; and
4. Proper spelling.

These four things could persuade more people to follow your position in an hour than your entire opus of ranting and raving can do in a lifetime.

You’re welcome for the handy hints.[quote comment=”201509″]…For all those that pay taxes… and VOTE… remember this- if you are NOT satisfied with… the current…. “commander in… chief..” than in time of the NEXT ELECTION- when ZIMMmmer- is looking for 4 more yrs…. // do what she did…. // take a vacation… to N.H. and forget about her too! Mean while… keep an ‘ eye-out ‘ for WASTEFULL $$ in the form..of… CITY EMPLOYEES…. goffing-off // cause there are PLENTY OF THAT going on ! and WE all PAY FOR IT ! // can you say…. next “budget- hearings? ” documented… and inform the NEWS or the State of N.J. Cause… at City Hall…. they turn a death ear (s) ! [/quote]

ahobokenguy
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Cheers to HFD… This morning as Engine Co. 1 was out clearing paths to the hydrants on Grand St. we watched as they also stopped to help dig out two people who were in the process of digging out their plowed in vehicles.

Well done boys!

homeworld
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Do you think the same thing happened in Hoboken?

“Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.”

nypost.com/p/news/local/sanit_filth...H57MZwC53QKOJlekSSDJK#ixzz19bP8vHZl

HB_Newbie
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HB_Newbie

Thought of something this morning as I realized that while I can now get my car out onto the streets ,I have nowhere to pull it up in front of my building to unload groceries that I desperately need:

Why is it that the street cleaning rules are not in effect? Obviously the actual cleaning machine is not coming, but it would make people shovel their cars out so that a plow can come down and clear all of the parking spots! The same 4 cars have been parked outside of my window since the snow hit, and nobody has attempted to move them. That does not include the 2 corner cars in front of them that also haven’t been touched, but that’s another comment for another story.

Our parking problems are bad enough, but until plows can come down the sides of the streets, it’s going to be impossible!!

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