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City of Poughkeepsie Prepares for Possible Significant Snowstorm

As the mid-Hudson Valley prepares for what could be a significant snowfall, City of Poughkeepsie officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to help the city keep the streets safe and clear. Vehicles should be removed from streets and, in the event Mayor Rob Rolison declares a snow emergency, vehicles will be required to be removed from streets that are designated as a snow emergency route.

Residents are encouraged to find alternative off-street parking or to park their vehicles in public parking lots. All City-owned parking lots will be open for free public parking Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16

a picture of DPW staff and snow fighting equipment
City of Poughkeepsie Department of Public Works employees prepare Tuesday for a potential significant snowstorm later this week. The city uses 32 pieces of equipment during snow events, 21 of which are snowplow/salters.

Fire hydrants also must remain clear and accessible in case of emergency. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the vital access it needs in emergencies. City officials remind residents that under the city codes, there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.

City officials are also reminding residents to ensure garbage cans are not left on the roads after pickup, as that is a hindrance to the crews working hard to keep the roads clear.

“Our Department of Public Works crews and emergency personnel are ready for this snowstorm, but they do need the cooperation of citizens,” said Mayor Rolison.

“The projections vary about the possible accumulation,” the mayor added. “We urge the public to stay informed and look for updates on our social media and website and through local news reports.”

Residents are advised to only call 911 in the case of an emergency, and to call 845-451-4000 for all non-emergency phone calls. 

Here is a list of the city’s Designated Snow Emergency Routes:

•           Mill Street from Civic Center Plaza to Dongan Square Park

•           Academy Street from Main Street to North-South Arterial Highway

•           Beechwood Avenue from Ferris Lane to City line

•           South Cherry Street from Main Street to Hooker Avenue

•           Civic Center Plaza from Mansion Street to Main Street

•           North Clinton Street from Mansion Street to Route 44/55, westbound

•           Columbia Street from North-South Arterial Highway to Lincoln Avenue

•           North Clover Street from Mill Street to Main Street

•           South Clover Street from Main Street to Union Street

•           Ferris Lane from Hooker Avenue to Beechwood Avenue

•           Grand Avenue from City line at Main Street to Hooker Avenue

•           North Hamilton Street from Parker Avenue to Main Street

•           South Hamilton Street from Main Street to Livingston Street

•           Hooker Avenue from South Hamilton Street to City line

•           Jefferson Street, Route 44/55 to Lincoln Avenue

•           Lincoln Avenue from Montgomery Street to Livingston Street

•           Main Street from Hudson River to City line at Grand Avenue

•           Mansion Street from Smith Street to North Clinton Street

•           Market Street from Main Street to Montgomery Street

•           Montgomery Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Hamilton Street

•           Parker Avenue from Washington Street to City line

•           Reade Place from South Avenue to Young Street

•           Smith Street from City line to Clinton Square

•           South Avenue from Montgomery Street to North-South Arterial Highway

•           Washington Street from City line to Main Street

•           Wilbur Boulevard from Hooker Avenue to City line