POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- As the expected major Nor’easter shifts paths and puts its sights on Dutchess County, the City of Poughkeepsie has declared a snow emergency beginning at 12 a.m. Tuesday.
Mayor Rob Rolison said the snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice.
During the emergency, 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.
In addition, residents are advised there will be no garbage or recycling services on Tuesday or Wednesday and that city bus service has been canceled for Tuesday.
City Hall will also be closed to the public and to all non-essential personnel for Tuesday.
Snow plows will be ready to clear all emergency routes, Rolison said.
Residents are encouraged to know if their street is part of the route, parking is not allowed during on emergency routes during a snow emergency.
The City is also asking residents who do not live along a snow emergency route to relocate their vehicles to City Municipal lots during the storm to facilitate clean-up. Vehicles that are legally registered, inspected, and insured may be parked in a City of Poughkeepsie municipal parking lot that is open to the public, free of charge, during a declared snow emergency.
Vehicles that are parked on snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency are subject to ticketing, towing, or impounding at the vehicle owner’s expense.
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.
With snow predicted to accumulate two to three inches per hour, residents should be assured that their streets will be plowed, but are asked to be patience as the city addresses the impacts of this potentially major snow event, Rolison said.
Residents are asked to try to wait until plow equipment has come through on their street before clearing their driveway. Residents and business owners must clear sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their residences and businesses, as required by the City ordinance. All fire hydrants are also required to be kept clear of snow in the event of a fire or other emergency.