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Worcester Continues to Clean Up After Tuesday Blizzard

Worcester, MA (March 15, 2017) - Worcester Public Schools' cancellation on Wednesday gives residents a chance to get their sidewalks clear to make sure tomorrow's trip to school is a safe one. The City of Worcester has 50 pieces of equipment still out clearing and sanding city streets and sidewalks today, as the cleanup from yesterday's major snow storm continues.

Here are a few updates:

TRASH/RECYCLING SCHEDULE

Because of Tuesday's storm, pickup was delayed by one day for every area this week.

Modified trash pickup:

  • If your trash is normally picked up on Wednesday, it will be picked up tomorrow, Thursday, March 16th.
  • If your trash is normally picked up on Thursday, it will be picked up Friday, March 17th.
  • If your trash is normally picked up on Friday, it will be picked up Saturday, March 18th

Any questions, please call Customer Service, (508) 929-1300.

SIDEWALK ORDINANCE

The City is reminding residents they have up to 10 hours from the end of a winter storm to clear the sidewalks abutting their property of any snow and ice. This ordinance was implemented to ensure safe passage for children, seniors, those with disabilities and everyone throughout the City. Residents who are able are also asked to clear snow around fire hydrants in their neighborhoods.

More information is available on the City's website. Some highlights of the ordinance include:

  • Please make a path of at least four feet in width and also clear ramps at corners that abut your property.
  • Complaints can be made to Department of Public Works and Parks if snow/ice is not cleared 10 hours after snow ceases. Department of Public Works and Parks can be reached at (508) 929-1300, or use our Online Customer Service Center.
  • The fine for failing to comply with the city's sidewalk snow removal ordinance is $75 per day.
  • A provision of this ordinance also permits that if the owner or occupant fails to clear the sidewalk of snow within the time allowed, the city may remove the snow and clear the sidewalk. The city may then seek reimbursement of the expense incurred from the owner or occupant.
  • Elderly or disabled homeowners may qualify for assistance. View the City's List of Referrals for Sidewalk Snow Removal or contact the DPW&P Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300.

More winter storm safety tips are attached and available on the City's website.

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