The Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT) has partnered with the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) and communities throughout the state to collect information and create the Sidewalk Snow Removal Map.
The map is available for constituents, businesses, and municipalities to use this winter.
What Is the Sidewalk Snow Removal Map?
We created the Sidewalk Snow Removal Map to show whether or not homeowners and businesses are responsible for clearing the sidewalks bordering their property, as well as what responsibilities municipalities have when a snowstorm hits.
How Does the Map Work?
The map is organized into three tabs: Responsibilities of Homeowners, Responsibilities of Businesses, and Responsibilities of Cities and Towns. Once you choose which tab you want to view, the interactive map will load, and you can click on the town or city whose information you need.
For example, if you are a homeowner wondering if you need to clear the sidewalk in front of your home, click on the Responsibilities of Homeowners tab and then click on your town. There, you can learn whether or not you need to clear your sidewalk, the window of time you have to clear it, and any associated fines for violating the policy.
Business owners can use the Responsibilities of Businesses tab to find the same information about the sidewalks in front of their business. If you would like to find out if the municipality clears sidewalks in your city or town, click on the Responsibilities Cities and Towns tab.
Each of the three tabs also includes links to municipalities’ websites and their snow removal pages, if they have them, as well as additional information on sidewalk snow removal.
What if My Municipality’s Information Is not on the Map?
The Sidewalk Snow Removal Map is a work in progress, and we will be updating it regularly as more information is collected from municipalities. If you know the contact information for the department in charge of sidewalk snow removal policy in your city or town, please comment below or tweet @MassachusettsIT or @MassGIS so we can reach out. Our goal is to gather the policy from every town in Massachusetts with your help.
What About Road Snow Removal?
Your municipality’s Department of Public Works is likely responsible for clearing local roadways in your area — the Secretary of the Commonwealth provides helpful phone numbers for cities and towns across Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) works to treat and plow state-owned roadways as quickly and frequently as possible throughout winter storms. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) also provides snow removal information for the parkways and roads that it owns on the DCR Winter Storm Plan and Priority Map.
Share this post with friends, family, and neighbors so everyone can enjoy clear sidewalks this winter.
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