KINGSTON, NY – Parking will be prohibited on Tuesday mornings on parts of Broadway and on emergency roads in the event of snowfall.
In a recent online meeting, the Common Council unanimously passed two separate resolutions relating to parking on city streets. The first prohibits parking on both sides of Broadway between Pine Grove Avenue and Albany Avenue from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The second prohibits parking on any snow emergency route in the city during a declared snow emergency. It also requires the City to send a letter to all residents informing them of the ban on parking on snowy roads and reminding them of the parking rules in the event of a snow emergency.
The parking changes were made at the request of the city’s Department of Public Works superintendent, Ed Norman. He told the aldermen that this would allow his teams to remove trash and snow from those areas more efficiently.
For Broadway, Norman said Tuesday was normal garbage day down the hall. He said the three-hour window would allow crews to pick up trash and recycling, as well as clean the streets and perform any necessary maintenance.
“As it is now with the cycle paths, it is very difficult to go there,” Norman said. “(I) get a lot of complaints from my garbage pick-up staff. The truck has no room to get out of traffic. He said his teams had to drag trash from the sidewalk, through bike lanes and through parking spaces in order to reach their trucks as motorists tried to overtake them on both sides. Norman said it was a safety issue.
Norman originally called for parking to be banned along the entire length of Broadway from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, but aldermen have called for it to be restricted. Some have expressed concerns about how the parking ban would affect students dropped off at area schools and its impact on businesses.
Regarding emergency snow roads, Norman said he has a limited number of staff and needs to make sure they clear the streets as efficiently as possible. He said emergency roads for snow must first be cleared of snow before teams can move to other areas. If there are cars parked along the roads, it slows down the process and prevents street cleaning, Norman said.
Norman said there were 29 streets listed as emergency lanes for snow, but only about a third of them could be affected by the parking change. Others already don’t have parking, he said.
Daniel Quesnell, the city’s parking supervisor, said that in the event of a declared snow emergency, staff would prioritize snow emergency routes when checking for compliance by motorists. He said a list of vehicles with tickets would be sent to the Kingston Police Department, which has the power to tow them.
Norman added that the city is trying to notify residents and visitors as early as possible before a snow emergency is declared to give them time to get their vehicles off the street.