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 for Snow emergencies

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

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

Parkways cleared by MassDOT

Medford Street Arlington
Mystic Valley Parkway Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Winchester
Harvard Avenue from Mystic River Road To Mystic Valley Parkway Arlington/Medford
Chestnut Street Bosotn
Agassiz Road, Fenway Boston
Arborway Boston
Beacon Street between Charlesgate East and West) Boston
Boylston Street, Fenway – (From Park Drive Intersection To Ipswitch St.) Boston
Brookline Avenue, Fenway Boston
Charles Street (Charles Circle Ramp to Embankment Rd, westbound) Boston
Charlesgate/Bowker Overpass Boston
Charlesgate Road (East & West) Boston
Embankment Road, Including Mugar Way Boston
Forsyth Way, Fenway Boston
Jamaicaway Boston
James Shea Circle at the Arborway, Morton Street and Forrest Hills Boston
Morton Street Boston
Park Drive, Boston (main road not service road) Boston
Parkman Drive Boston
Perkins Street Boston
Storrow Drive Boston
The Fenway And Fenway Connector To Park Drive Boston
The Riverway Boston
Truman Parkway (aka Truman Highway) Boston/Milton
Arsenal Street Bridge (from Greenough Blvd to Birmingham Parkway) Boston/Watertown
Chickatawbut Road Braintree, Milton And Quincy
Birmingham Parkway Brighton
Brooks Street, Brighton (from Nonantum Rd to the I-90 underpass) Brighton
Soldiers Field Road Brighton
Nonantum Road Brighton/Newton/Watertown
North Beacon Street Brighton/Watertown
Alewife Brook Parkway From Route 2 To Concord Avenue Cambridge
Concord Avenue Cambridge
Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge
Fresh Pond Parkway From Concord Avenue To Fresh Pond Cambridge
Charles River Dam Road Cambridge/Boston
Greenough Blvd. Cambridge/Watertown
Green Street Canton
Hillside Street, Blue Hills Reservation Canton/Milton
Columbia Road from Kosciuszko Circle to Edward Everett Sq at Boston Street Dorchester
Gallivan Boulevard Dorchester
Santilli Circle Connector Everett
Hull Shore Drive Hull
Nantasket Avenue Hull
Wharf Avenue Hull
Neponset Valley Parkway Hyde Park/Milton
Centre Street Jamaica Plain
Eastern Avenue Lynn
Carroll Parkway Lynn
Lynnway Lynn/Revere
East Border Road Malden
Fellsway East Malden
West Border Road Malden
Highland Avenue Malden/Medford
High Street Medford
Middlesex Avenue Medford
Mystic River Road And Jerome Street Medford
Mystic Valley Parkway From Route 16 To Wellington Circle Medford
Woodland Road Medford/Stoneham
South Border Road Medford/Winchester
Lynn Fells Parkway Melrose/Stoneham/Saugus
Blue Hill River Road Milton
Blue Hills Parkway Milton
Boundary Road Milton
Unquity Road Milton
Charlesbank Road Newton
Furnace Brook Parkway and Rotary Quincy
Hayden Street, spur From Furnace Brook Parkway To Willard Street Quincy
Wampatuck Road Quincy
Casassa Overpass (Rt 16 over Broadway) Revere
Revere Beach Parkway - From Interstate 93 To Route 107 Revere, Chelsea, Everett
Mcgrath O'Brien Highway Somerville/Cambridge
William Morrissey Boulevard South Boston/Dorchester
Fellsway West, Medford Stoneham
New South Street Stoneham
North Border Road Stoneham
Park Street Stoneham
Pond Street Stoneham
Ravine Road Stoneham
Wyoming Avenue (where Pond Street turns into Wyoming and stops at Philips Rd.) Stoneham
Forest Grove Road And Woerd Avenue Waltham
Charles River Road Watertown
Grove Street from Coolidge Ave. To Greenough Blvd. Watertown
VFW Parkway West Roxbury
South Street Winchester


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