For Immediate Release: 3/14/2023 12:05 pm
WORCESTER, Mass. – Due to the inclement weather, all municipal buildings will close to the general public at noon Tuesday, March 14.
The closings include City Hall, Worcester Senior Center, Worcester Public Library, Department of Public Works and Parks offices, and 25 Meade St., which houses Inspectional Services, Worcester Division of Public Health and Fire Prevention.
Mayor Joseph M. Petty has canceled Tuesday night’s (3/14) City Council meeting. All items will be moved to Council’s March 21st meeting. The City Clerk’s office will be open until 12 p.m. today.
Trash and recycling collections will be delayed by one day starting Tuesday for the remainder of the week (i.e., Tuesday’s trash and recycling services will be collected on Wednesday, Wednesday’s trash and recycling services will be collected on Thursday, etc.).
City residents are encouraged to avoid travel if possible as snowfall is expected to continue throughout Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
A Declared Winter Parking Ban for Worcester remains in effect until lifted.
Municipal parking garages were opened to the public free of charge beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 and will remain free of charge to any vehicle that enters until the Declared Winter Parking Ban is lifted. In the case of parking for a special event, event rates apply.
During the Declared Winter Parking Ban, parking is prohibited on either side of main arteries, emergency and bus routes, and streets in the downtown area critical to the flow of traffic. On all other streets, parking is only permitted on the odd numbered side of the street, unless otherwise posted.
Towing and ticketing may be enforced to keep streets clear. For questions, residents should contact Worcester 311 by dialing 3-1-1, emailing email@example.com, or visiting worcesterma.gov/311. Worcester 311 will be open extended hours, beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14.
During the storm, residents should limit their travel and exercise extreme caution. Motorists should leave additional time for transit and stay clear of plows and other vehicles treating the roads. Residents are reminded that 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. Residents who are able are also asked to clear snow around fire hydrants and catch basins in their neighborhoods. Snow should not be put in the street.
For more details about Worcester’s Winter Parking Bans and affected streets, please visit worcesterma.gov/streets/winter-weather/winter-parking. Residents can sign up for parking ban notifications through ALERTWorcester at worcesterma.gov/emergency-communications/alertworcester.
For additional details about City snow removal policies and enforcement, as well as resources for requesting assistance, filing a complaint, and winter sand locations, please visit worcesterma.gov/streets/winter-weather/snow-removal. For winter weather safety/preparation tips, visit ready.gov/winter-weather.