Overview of DCR Winter Storm Management Plan

DCR follows a comprehensive Storm Management Plan for the snow and ice season that:  

  • Clarifies locations for which DCR has snow removal responsibility
  • Identifies available snow removal resources
  • Affirms the chain of responsibility and procedures for inter- and intra-agency communications
  • Establishes operating procedures and policies.

DCR’s Winter Storm Plan On-Line

To visit the Winter Storm Priority Map, please click the link below:

http://maps.massgis.state.ma.us/map_ol/dcr_snow_priority.php


DCR-Mass DOT Partnership
For 2007 fiscal year, DCR amended the MOU with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) regarding the snow and ice removal partnership. Effective November 1, 2006, MassDOT has expanded its responsibility for providing curb-to-curb snow removal for DCR Parkways in Greater Boston Area from 40% to 63% of the 524 total miles of parkways, representing a 23% increase from the 2006 fiscal year.  A complete list of DCR parkway snow removal areas is below. DCR remains responsible for clearing sidewalks related to these parkways.

Parkways to be Cleared by DCR

Road Name

• ARBORWAY
• AUSTIN STREET
• BABE RUTH PARK DRIVE
• BELLEVUE HILL ROAD
• BOSTON UNIVERSITY BRIDGE
• BOYLSTON STREET
• BOYLSTON STREET SERVICE ROAD
• BROAD SOUND AVENUE
• BROADWAY
• BROOKLINE STREET
• CAMBRIDGE PARKWAY
• CAMBRIDGE PARKWAY CONNECTOR
• CAMBRIDGE STREET
• CASASSA OVERPASS
• CHARLES STREET CIRCLE
• CHARLESGATE EAST
• CHARLESGATE WEST
• CHARLESTOWN AVENUE
• CHESTNUT HILL DRIVEWAY
• COLUMBIA ROAD ( South Boston section only)
• COMMANDANT'S WAY
• CONNECTOR TO ELIOT BRIDGE
• CONSTITUTION BEACH ROAD
• DEDHAM BOULEVARD
• DEDHAM PARKWAY
• EARHART DAM ROAD
• EAST BROADWAY
• ELIOT CIRCLE
• ELM STREET
• ENNEKING PARKWAY
• ENNEKING PARKWAY BRANCH
• FENWAY SERVICE ROAD
• FIRST STREET
• FOREST STREET
• FRANKLIN PARK CIRCLE
• FRESH POND PARKWAY
• GERRYS LANDING ROAD
• HAMMOND POND PARKWAY
• HEMLOCK ROAD
• HILLCREST PARKWAY
• HORACE JAMES CIRCLE
• HYDE PARK AVENUE
• JAMES SHEA CIRCLE
• JFK-UMASS STATION ROAD
• JOHN F. KENNEDY STREET
• KOSCIUSZKO CIRCLE
• LAND BOULEVARD
• LONGFELLOW BRIDGE
• LYNN SHORE DRIVE
• LYNNWAY
• LYNNWAY UNDERPASS - RT 1A SB TO LYNNWAY
• MAIN STREET
• MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
• MEMORIAL DRIVE
• MEMORIAL DRIVE UNDERPASS
 

Road Name

• METROPOLITAN ROAD NORTH
• METROPOLITAN ROAD SOUTH
• MILTON STREET
• MONSIGNOR CASEY HIGHWAY
• MORRISSEY SERVICE ROAD
• MOUNT VERNON STREET
• MYSTIC AVENUE
• NAHANT CIRCLE
• NAHANT ROAD
• NEPONSET AVENUE
• NEPONSET VALLEY PARKWAY
• NOBLE STREET
• NORTH HARVARD STREET
• OAK ISLAND STREET
• OCEAN AVENUE
• OLD COLONY AVENUE
• PELTON STREET
• QUINCY SHORE DRIVE
• RAMP-BU BRIDGE TO MEMORIAL DR EB
• RAMP-CAMBRIDGEPRT CIR TO BU BRIDGE
• RAMP-CAMBRIDGEPRT CIR TO MEM DR WB
• RAMP-CHARLES ST TO LONGFELLOW BRIDGE
• RAMP-CHARLESGATE OVERPASS TO CHARLESGATE
• RAMP-MEM DR TO CAMBRIDGEPRT CIR EB
• RAMP-MEM DR TO CAMBRIDGEPRT CIR WB
• RAMP-N HARVARD ST TO SOLDIERS FIELD WB
• RAMP-RT 107 NB TO RT 16 EB
• RAMP-STORROW DR TO RT 2A WB
• REID ROTARY
• RESERVATION ROAD
• RESERVOIR STREET
• REVERE BEACH BOULEVARD
• REVERE BEACH PARKWAY
• REVERE STREET
• RIVER STREET
• RIVER STREET
• SANTILLI CIRCLE CONNECTOR
• SANTILLI CIRCLE CONNECTOR
• SAWMILL LANE
• SHIRLEY AVENUE
• SHORE ROAD
• SMITH FIELD ROAD
• STATE ROAD
• TERMINAL ROAD
• TURTLE POND PARKWAY
• TURTLE POND PARKWAY BRANCH
• UNNAMED ROAD
• WAVE AVENUE
• WEST ROXBURY CENTRE STREET ROTARY
• WEST ROXBURY PARKWAY
• WEST STREET
• WESTERN AVENUE
• WILLIAM DAY BOULEVARD
• WILLIAM T MORRISSEY BOULEVARD
• WINTHROP PARKWAY
• WINTHROP SHORE DRIVE

Parkways to be Cleared by MassDOT

Roadway Name and Description

• Agassiz Road, Fenway
• Alewife Brook Parkway from Route 2 to Concord Avenue
• Arsenal Street
• Birmingham Parkway, Watertown
• Blue Hill River Road, Milton  
• Blue Hills Parkway, Milton
• Boundary Road, Milton
• Boylston Street, Fenway – From Park Drive intersection to  
• Brookline Avenue, Fenway  
• Brooks Street, Brighton  
• Casey Overpass, Jamaica Plain
• Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
• Charles River Dam Road
• Charles River Road, Watertown
• Charles Street (portion)
• Charlesbank Road, Newton  
• Charlesgate Overpass
• Charlesgate Overpass, Boston (see map detail)
• Charlesgate Road (East & West)
• Chestnut Street, Boston  
• Chickatawbut Road, Braintree, Milton and Quincy
• Columbia Road, Dorchester ( Dorchester section only)
• Concord Avenue
• East Border Road, Malden
• Eastern Avenue, Lynn  
• Embankment Road, including Mugar Way
• Fellsway East, Malden  
• Fellsway West, Medford, Stoneham
• Forest Grove Road and Woerd Avenue , Waltham
• Forsyth Way, Fenway, Boston
• Fresh Pond Parkway from Concord Avenue to Fresh Pond
• Furnace Brook Parkway and rotary, Quincy
• Gallivan Boulevard, Boston
• Green Street, Canton
• Greenough Blvd., Cambridge and Watertown
• Grove Street, Watertown – From Coolidge Ave. to Greenough Blvd.
• Harvard Avenue, Arlington and Medford – From Mystic River Road to Mystic Valley Parkway
• Hayden Street, Quincy – Spur From Furnace Brook Parkway to Willard Street
• High Street, Medford and Medford Street, Arlington (these are the roadways between
• Highland Avenue, Malden and Medford.
• Hillside Street,  Blue Hills Reservation, Canton and Milton
• Hull Shore Drive
• Humphrey Street, Swampscott- Lynn Shore Drive Turn Around
• Jamaicaway
• Lynnway/ Carroll Parkway)
• McGrath Highway
• Middlesex Avenue, Medford
• Morton Street, Boston
• Mystic River Road and Jerome Street, Medford
• Mystic Valley Parkway from Route 16 to Wellington Circle
• Mystic Valley Parkway, Arlington, Medford, Somerville and Winchester
• Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford to parkway of same name in Arlington)
• Nantasket Avenue (Hull)
• Neponset Valley Parkway, Hyde Park and Milton
• New South Street, Stoneham
• Nonantum Road, Brighton, Newton and Watertown
• North Beacon Street, Brighton and Watertown
• North Border Road, Stoneham
• O'Brien Highway
• Park Drive, Boston – Main road only
• Park Street, Stoneham
• Parkman Drive, Boston
• Perkins Street, Boston
• Pond Street, Stoneham
• Ravine Road, Stoneham
• Revere Beach Parkway - From Interstate 93 to Route 107
• Soldiers Field Road
• South Border Road, Medford and Winchester
• South Street, Winchester
• Storrow Drive
• The Fenway and Fenway Connector to Park Drive, Boston
• The Riverway, Boston
• Truman Parkway (a/k/a Truman Highway), Boston and Milton
• Unquity Road, Milton
• VFW Parkway
• Wampatuck Road, Quincy
• West Border Road, Malden
• Wharf Avenue (Hull)
• Woodland Road, Medford and Stoneham
• Wyoming Avenue, Stoneham

Snow Removal Priorities
All snow removal locations are prioritized according to the following categories:

  • Level 1 (during storm event):
    Primary roadways and parkways*
    State Police barracks
    Traffic bridges
    Potential flood zones
    Designated sidewalks, pathways**, and crosswalks which provide safe passage in the immediate proximity to schools while in-session.
  • Level 2 (dedication of snow removal resources within first 12 hours after storm event):
    Secondary roadways and parkways
    State House passage and street parking
    Sidewalks, pathways** and crosswalks providing safe passages to schools, foot bridges, bus shelters, bus stops, T-stations, including median strips and handicap ramps  
  • Level 3 (snow removal response may occur beyond first 12 hours after storm event):
    DCR-managed ice skating rinks parking lots (12), if open
    Interior park roads and tertiary parkways
    DCR facilities and building parking lots
    Less traveled sidewalks, pathways, crosswalks and multi-use paths**:

These less traveled sidewalks, cross walks and multi-use paths may be cleared as specific public safety needs warrant.  As resources allow, DCR will attempt to address Level 3 priorities by focusing on sidewalks without immediate abutters.  DCR anticipates the continued cooperation from abutters in clearing the remainder of Level 3 priority sidewalks consistent with municipal ordinances within the metropolitan Boston area.

** (Note: The  sidewalk category symbol on the DCR online viewer includes sidewalks, pathways and multi-use paths parallel to parkways and the South West Corridor Bike Path and the Charles River Bike Paths.)

  • Level 4
    * All parkways under MassDOT responsibility are considered priority level 1 parkways, but are coded in the GIS system as “4” for technical purposes.
  • Level 5
    Many sidewalks and multi-use paths are not cleared by DCR in order to provide alternative winter recreational resources, such as, skiing and snowshoeing.   


DCR Storm Center
The Storm Center, housed by the Division of Urban Parks and Recreation, is an internal operations center that has been established to facilitate effective internal communications and ensure smooth operations.  The Storm Center is responsible for developing a storm plan for each individual storm event and collecting updated reports from each of the Division’s three regions and Division of State Parks and Recreation.  Regional staff will call in status reports by parkway routes and sidewalk reporting units to the Storm Center periodically.  

Snow Emergencies
Upon establishing a Snow Emergency, DCR will notify the public via television and radio and establish a parking ban as early as possible.  SmartRoutes, State Police Troop H in South Boston and Troop A in Danvers are notified as well.   View the DCR Parkways that are designated as snow emergency routes pdf format of DCR Parkways Designated as Snow Emergency Arteries .

Fielding Constituent Feedback
Feedback for all areas cleared by DCR and MassDOT should be routed as follows:

  • Emergencies
    During business hours: Community Relations Group line 617-626-4973
    After business hours: MEMA 508-820-1428
  • All Non-Emergencies:
    Community Relations Group line 617-626-4973