News release from Mayor’s Office:
In anticipation of the pending winter storm due to impact Bridgeport, Mayor Joe Ganim today is declaring a snow emergency for the city to take effect at 12:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, January 3, 2018. During the snow emergency, residents must move their cars off posted snow emergency streets. Even side of the street parking rules are in effect as of 12:00 p.m. today for all other streets throughout the city in order to allow snow plow driver’s clear passage. Snow emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering. A list of snow streets can be found on the City’s website by clicking here.
The City of Bridgeport anticipates a significant snow fall starting early Thursday morning and continuing through the day, which is projected to produce as much as nine inches of snow. The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will continue to monitor forecast updates. Current forecasts from the National Weather Service predict that Bridgeport will receive a total of 5 to 9 inches of snow that will begin to fall sometime around 1:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2017.
No parking is allowed on snow emergency streets. Vehicles left on snow emergency streets after the ban goes into effect will be subject to fines and towing. Snow emergency parking areas are available throughout the City. A full list of parking areas can be found at the following link: bridgeportct.gov/content/341307/341423/342861/342871.aspx. Parking in the school and City parking lots listed will be permitted beginning this evening. Vehicles parked at the schools should be removed by 7:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018.
Commercial and/or residential owners who push snow into the streets or do not clear snow on the sidewalks in front of their buildings are subject to a $100.00 fine per ordinance for each incidence.
Snow Related Emergencies
During the storm, residents may call the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center hotline at 203-579-3829 with any snow related emergencies. If any residents suffer a loss of electric power, they can call the United Illuminating customer hotline at 800-722-5584. Both hotline numbers will be fully staffed and operating 24 hours a day during the snow emergency.
Sanitation/ Recycling/ Transfer Station
Please be advised, the City of Bridgeport Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2018 due to the snow event. Sanitation & Recycling will also be canceled on Thursday. Residents can expect Sanitation and Recycling Collection to resume with a two-day delay. For example, if your pickup is scheduled Wednesday it will be picked up on Friday.
Streets within the City are prioritized to clear major travel routes first. This allows public safety vehicles access to most parts of the City. The initial plowing activities also provide most residents a cleared roadway within two-to-three blocks of their home and most destinations in the City. Other factors include locations of schools, hospitals, major commercial centers and other facilities with large public interest. Residents can report plowing issues or concerns on Bridgeport 311 or by calling 203-576-7124.
For the latest updates, resources and information about the snowstorm, residents are asked to check www.bridgeportct.gov/snow, local television and radio news outlets and follow the City of Bridgeport on Twitter and Facebook.