Bridgeport declaring snow emergency

Rules go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch has declared a snow emergency in the city beginning at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, with a potentially major winter storm expected.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a prolonged period of snow expected late Wednesday night into Friday morning. At least six inches of snow is possible with blowing and drifting of snow due to strong winds. City officials advised residents to continue to monitor National Weather Service forecasts, as some uncertainty still exists in exact track of the low pressure and precipitation amounts. Updates will be posted at thebridgeportnews.com.

During a snow emergency, residents must move their cars off posted snow emergency streets or be subject to fines and towing. Alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules are in effect for all other streets throughout Bridgeport in order to allow snow plow drivers’ clear passage. To comply with the snow emergency alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules, residents must move their cars to the “even-numbered” side of the street by 12:01 a.m. Jan. 2, and remain on the even-numbered side of the street until the odd-numbered side of the street has been cleared. (House numbers ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 constitute the even-numbered side of the street.)

During the storm, Bridgeport residents may use the following school parking lots to move their cars off the street: Cesar Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave.; Central High School, 1 Lincoln Blvd (Madison Avenue entrance); Geraldine Johnson School, 475 Lexington Ave.; Luis Munoz Marin School, 479 Helen St., and Jettie Tisdale School, 250 Hollister Ave.

A full list of Snow Emergency parking areas can be found at www.bridgeportct.gov/snow-emergency-parking-lots.

Snow Emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering. A list of snow streets can be found on the City of Bridgeport website, http://www.bridgeportct.gov/snowemergencystreets. No parking is allowed on Snow Emergency streets. Vehicles left on snow emergency streets after the ban goes into effect will be subject to fines and towing.

“Many of our streets are very narrow in highly populated areas of the city. Cooperation from all of our residents is necessary in order for our crews to be able to navigate the streets and keep roads clear,” Finch said in a press release. “Property owners can help by shoveling their sidewalks and driveways, and clearing snow around fire hydrants and curb cuts to help improve neighborhood safety. Please do not shovel snow back into the street, and above all, please obey the snow emergency parking rules.”

“I can’t stress how important it is for residents to obey the emergency parking ban. No one wants to have their car towed, and the last thing we want to do is ticket and tow residents’ vehicles,” Police Chief Joseph Gaudett said. “So we need people’s cooperation. Plows won’t be able to clear secondary streets if cars are parked on both sides and it is essential to keep our snow emergency routes clear.”

Garbage and Recycling Pickups

Due to the New Year’s holiday, residents whose garbage and recycling would normally have been picked up on Wednesday will now have it picked up on Thursday, Jan. 2. Garbage and recycling pickups scheduled for Thursday will be picked up on Saturday, Jan. 4. Garbage and recycling pickups for Friday will be picked up on Sunday, Jan. 5. Regular garbage and recycling schedules will resume on Monday, Jan. 6.

The Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 4.

During the storm, Bridgeport residents with non-emergency, weather-related questions or concerns should call the City’s BConnected Call Center at 203-576-1311 or the Emergency Operations Center at 203-579-3829. Residents can use the City’s BConnected request system online at www.bridgeportct.gov/bconnected  or on the BConnected mobile application available on iPhone or Android smartphones to report any snow-related concerns.

Updates, resources and information about the snowstorm will be posted www.bridgeportct.gov/snow, local television and radio news outlets and follow the City of Bridgeport on Twitter and Facebook and Mayor Bill Finch on Twitter and Facebook.

Information will be posted at thebridgeportnews.com as it is released by city officials.

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