Whenever snowfall is forecast to approach 2 inches or more, snow plow operators are deployed to de-ice and plow roughly 94 miles of roads throughout the City.
During snow events, we divide the city into seven (7) plowing areas with dedicated personnel assigned to each area. Plowing in each area is prioritized with main roads, hills and areas around schools being addressed first. While we try to be as efficient as possible, the length of time it takes city crews to plow 94 miles of roads varies depending on the intensity of the snowfall, breakdowns of equipment, amount of traffic on the roads and available personnel. The City also faces additional difficulties in Newport due to our historic and narrow streets, parked cars, one way traffic, steep hills and poor visibility. The city advises that all motorists stay off the roadways, if at all possible, during a snowstorm.
Please be advised that any motor vehicles parked on the following streets one-half hours after the parking ban begins may be subject to tow:
Annandale Road, Bellevue Avenue: (Kay Street to Bowery St), Bedlow Avenue, Bliss Road, Broadway, Coggeshall Avenue, East Bowery Street, Farewell Street, Friendship Street, Gibbs Avenue, Gould Street, Kay Street, Powell Avenue, Spring Street, Summer Street, Thames Street, Third Street, Warner Street, Washington Street, Washington Square, West Marlboro Street, West Narragansett Avenue, William Street, and Van Zandt Avenue, from J.T. Connell Memorial Road East to Malbone Road.
Free parking is available at the Gateway Visitor’s Center, Mary Street, and Easton’s Beach parking lots during winter storm events. Alternatively, residents may also consider requesting the use of a neighbor’s driveway to secure off street parking to keep vehicles off the roadways.