DCR Winter Storm Plan and Priority Map

DCR follows a comprehensive storm management plan for the snow and ice season

DCR has modified our pedestrian snow and ice removal priorities to reflect interim changes in school and commuting schedules, e.g. if students at a particular school are being taught remotely, the priority of the respective route will be lower than other schools that are providing in-person learning.

The plan:

  • 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.

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.  State Police Troop H in South Boston and Troop A in Danvers are notified as well.

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Additional Resources

DCR Storm Center

The Storm Center is responsible for developing a storm plan for each individual storm event and collecting updated reports to facilitate effective internal communications and ensure smooth operations .  Regional staff will call in status reports by parkway routes and sidewalk reporting units to the Storm Center periodically. 

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.)

***DCR has modified our pedestrian snow and ice removal priorities to reflect interim changes in school and commuting schedules, e.g. if students at a particular school are being taught remotely, the priority of the respective route will be lower than other schools that are providing in-person learning.

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.​

Parkways cleared by DCR

Babe Ruth Park Drive South Boston
Bellevue Hill Road West Roxbury
Boston University Bridge Boston/Cambridge
Boylston Street between Lamartine St. and Armory Street Boston
Broad Sound Avenue Revere
Brookline Street (From Memorial Drive at Reid Rotary to Waverly St) Cambridge
Cambridge Parkway Cambridge
Centre Street Rotary West Roxbury
Charles Street Circle Boston
Charlesgate East (from Newbury Street to Comm Ave Eastbound) Boston
Charlesgate West (from Comm Ave Eastbound to Newbury Street) Boston
Chestnut Hill Driveway Boston
Constitution Beach Road East Boston
Dedham Boulevard (Extension of Dedham Parkway to Sawmill Lane) East Dedham
Dedham Parkway Hyde Park/Dedham
E. Broadway from Day Blvd to Faragut Rd South Boston
Earhart Dam Road Everett
Eastern Ave., from Humphrey St. to Lynn Shore Drive Lynn
Eliot Circle Revere
Elm Street, through Breakheart Reservation Saugus
Enneking Parkway Hyde Park
Fenway Service Road Boston
Forest Street (Breakheart Reservation) Saugus
Gerrys Landing Road Cambridge
Gilmore Bridge/Charlestown Avenue Charlestown/Cambridge
Hammond Pond Parkway Newton/Brookline
Hemlock Road Wakefield
Hillcrest Parkway Winchester
Horace James Circle between Hammond Pond Parkway and W. Roxbury Parkway Brookline
Humphrey Street (Lynn Shore Drive Turn Around) Swampscott
Hyde Park Avenue Hyde Park
JFK-UMass Station Road South Boston/Dorchester
Kosciuszko Circle South Boston/Dorchester
Land Boulevard Cambridge
Lynn Shore Drive Lynn
Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Boston/Cambridge
Memorial Drive Cambridge
Metropolitan Parkway North Belmont/Lexington/Waltham
Metropolitan Parkway South Belmont/Lexington/Waltham
Milton Street (Connects Neponset Valley Parkway with Hyde Park Ave) Hyde Park
Nahant Circle Lynn
Nahant Road Causeway Nahant
Neponset Avenue from Gallivan Blvd. across the Neponset Bridge Dorchester
North Harvard Street/Larz Anderson Bridge Boston/Cambridge
Oak Island Street between North Shore Road and Revere Beach Blvd. Revere
Ocean Avenue Revere
Old Colony Avenue Dorchester
Pelton Street (cut across at W. Roxbury Parkway, inbound to outbound) West Roxbury
Quincy Shore Drive Quincy
Ramp-Bu Bridge To Memorial Dr Eb Cambridge
Ramp-Cambridgeprt Cir To Bu Bridge Cambridge
Ramp-Cambridgeprt Cir To Mem Dr Wb Cambridge
Ramp-Charles St To Longfellow Bridge Boston
Ramp-Charlesgate Overpass To Charlesgate Boston
Ramp-Mem Dr To Cambridgeprt Cir Eb Cambridge
Ramp-Mem Dr To Cambridgeprt Cir Wb Cambridge
Ramp-N Harvard St To Soldiers Field Wb Boston/Cambridge
Ramp-Rt 107 Nb To Rt 16 Eb Revere
Ramp-Storrow Dr To Rt 2a Wb Boston
Reid Rotary and Overpass Cambridge
Reservation Road between Smith Field Rd and Brainard St Hyde Park
Reservoir Street from Hillcrest Parkway to Highland Ave Winchester
Revere Beach Boulevard Revere
Revere Beach Parkway (Rt 145 - Elliot Circle to Rt. 16 at Winthrop Ave) Revere
Revere Street Revere
River Street Bridge, (between Neponset Valley Parkway and Turtle Pond Parkway) Hyde Park
River Street Bridge, (from Memorial Dr to Soldier's Field Rd. ) Boston/Cambridge
Sawmill Lane, (from Dedham Blvd to Bussey St.) Dedham
Shirley Avenue. (Between Ocean Ave and Revere Beach Blvd) Revere
Shore Road, (South Boston between Day Blvd and Farragut Rd. ) South Boston
Smith Field Road (between Turtle Pond Parkway and Enneking Pkwy.) Hyde Park
State Road (where Revere Beach Pkwy and Ocean Ave meet.) Revere
Terminal Road (across from Fresh Pond Mall at Alewife Brook Pkwy.) Cambridge
Turtle Pond Parkway Hyde Park
Wave Avenue (between Dolphin Ave and Broadsound Ave) Revere
West Roxbury Parkway West Roxbury
West Street (between Ocean Ave and Revere Beach Blvd.) Revere
Western Avenue Bridge (between Soldier's Field Rd and Memorial Dr.) Boston/Cambridge
William Day Boulevard South Boston
Winthrop Parkway Revere/Winthrop
Winthrop Shore Drive Winthrop

Parkways cleared by MassDOT

Agassiz Road, Fenway Boston
Alewife Brook Parkway From Route 2 To Concord Avenue Cambridge
Arborway Boston
Arsenal Street Bridge (from Greenough Blvd to Birmingham Parkway) Boston/Watertown
Beacon Street between Charlesgate East and West) Boston
Birmingham Parkway Brighton
Blue Hill River Road Milton
Blue Hills Parkway Milton
Boundary Road Malden
Boylston Street, Fenway – (From Park Drive Intersection To Ipswitch St.) Boston
Brookline Avenue, Fenway Boston
Brooks Street, Brighton (from Nonantum Rd to the I-90 underpass) Brighton
Carroll Parkway Lynn
Centre Street Jamaica Plain
Charles River Dam Road Cambridge/Boston
Charles River Road Watertown
Charles Street (Charles Circle Ramp to Embankment Rd, westbound) Boston
Charlesbank Road  - From Nonantum Road to St. James Street Newton
Charlesgate Road (East & West) Boston
Charlesgate/Bowker Overpass Boston
Chestnut Street - From Perkins Street to Riverdale Parkway Rotary Boston
Chickatawbut Road Braintree, Milton And Quincy
Columbia Road from Kosciuszko Circle to Edward Everett Sq at Boston Street Dorchester
Concord Avenue Cambridge
East Border Road Malden
Eastern Avenue Lynn
Elm St., from Woodland/highland Ave to Fellsway West Medford
Embankment Road, Including Mugar Way Boston
Fellsway East Malden, Stoneham, Melrose, Medford
Fellsway West, Medford Stoneham
Forest Grove Road And Woerd Avenue Waltham
Forsyth Way, Fenway Boston
Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge
Fresh Pond Parkway From Concord Avenue To Fresh Pond Cambridge
Furnace Brook Parkway and Rotary Quincy
Gallivan Boulevard Dorchester
Green Street Canton
Greenough Blvd. Cambridge/Watertown
Grove Street from Coolidge Ave. To Greenough Blvd. Watertown
Harvard Avenue from Mystic River Road To Mystic Valley Parkway Arlington/Medford
Hayden Street, spur From Furnace Brook Parkway To Willard Street Quincy
High Street Medford
Highland Avenue Malden/Medford
Hillside Street, Blue Hills Reservation Canton/Milton
Hull Shore Drive Hull
Jamaica Way Boston
Longfellow Bridge/Main street to Memorial Drive Ramps Boston/Cambridge
Lynn Fells Parkway Melrose/Stoneham/Saugus
Lynnway Lynn/Revere
Market St Boston
Mcgrath O'Brien Highway Somerville/Cambridge
Medford Street Arlington
Middlesex Avenue Medford
Morton Street Boston
Monsignor O'Brien Highway Cambridge
Mystic River Road And Jerome Street Medford
Mystic Valley Parkway Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Winchester
Mystic Valley Parkway From Route 16 To Wellington Circle Medford
Nantasket Avenue Hull
Neponset Valley Parkway  Hyde Park/Milton
New South Street Stoneham
Nonantum Road Brighton/Newton/Watertown
North Beacon Street Brighton/Watertown
North Border Road Stoneham
Norumbega Rd Weston
Park Drive, Boston (main road not service road) Boston
Park Rd.  Weston
Park Street Stoneham
Parkman Drive Boston
Perkins Street Boston
Pond Street Stoneham
Ponkapoag Trail, Milton (I-95 Overpass @ Blue Hill River Rd) Milton
Quinobequin Rd Newton
Ravine Road Stoneham
Recreation Rd, Park Rd., Boulevard Rd. Weston
Soldiers Field Road Brighton
South Border Road Medford/Winchester
South Street Winchester
Storrow Drive Boston
The Fenway And Fenway Connector To Park Drive Boston
The Riverway Boston
Truman Parkway (aka Truman Highway) Boston/Milton
Unquity Road Milton
VFW Parkway West Roxbury
Wampatuck Road Quincy
West Border Road Malden
Wharf Avenue Hull
William Morrissey Boulevard South Boston/Dorchester
Willow Pond Rd.  Boston
Woodland Road Medford/Stoneham
Wyoming Avenue (where Pond Street turns into Wyoming and stops at Philips Rd.) Stoneham

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