Winter Snow Information
Snow Removal Policy
The City works hard with public works crews and contractors to remove snow from city streets as quickly as possible after a storm. Pushing or shoveling snow into the street is prohibited. This activity is dangerous and increases snow plowing costs. All City streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Those streets with the most traffic are done first. Special attention is paid to steep hills, bridges, and difficult intersections. If snow accumulates quickly, sometimes these areas must be done repeatedly before the side streets can be adequately addressed. The main roads, with the most traffic, must remain open. More information can be found in Snow Storm Information (PDF).
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Middletown Ordinance requires property owners or occupants to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a storm. This is required to keep streets safe for pedestrians, such as school children, people with strollers or wheel chairs and anyone who likes or needs to walk. Failure to remove snow or ice can result in a fine. More information can be found in Snow Shoveling Policy (PDF). The Municipal Ordinance for snow removal on sidewalks can be found here.
Snow Removal Policy in Downtown Middletown
On Main Street and Court Street ONLY, when you or your contractor is shoveling the sidewalk in front of your business (building), please PUSH THE SNOW INTO THE STREET. DO NOT leave it piled on the edge of the sidewalk. At night, when businesses are closed, the Public Works Dept. will remove all snow at the edge/curbing of the street. Leaving snow at the edge of the sidewalk can make it difficult and hazardous for pedestrians to reach the sidewalks from their cars, place money in the parking meters and so forth.
Full policy can be found here.
Parking Ban Information
If an emergency parking ban is ordered, all cars must be removed from being parked on all streets. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed at the owners expense. Information on where to park and how the ban works can be found in this Parking Ban Information.
Snow Removal on Main Street
Ever wonder how the snow magically disappears on Main Street? With big winter storms, the snow is plowed to the middle of the street, then late at night crews come in with equipment to remove it. Here's a video of how it works.