DCR Winter Storm Plan and Priority Map

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

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


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.)

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

Road Nam

Austin Street
Babe Ruth Park Drive
Bellevue Hill Road
Boston University Bridge
Boylston Street
Boylston Street Service Road
Broad Sound Avenue
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 Underpass - Rt 1a Sb To Lynnway
Main Street
Massachusetts Avenue
Memorial Drive
Memorial Drive Underpass
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
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 cleared by MassDOT

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
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


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