Hampden County

What you need to know for parking bans, sidewalk snow removal

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Sunday's snowstorm dumped several inches of snow in Hampden County. 

Many communities imposed parking bans ahead of Sunday's storm. West Springfield prohibits parking on main roads, and on the odd side of side streets. 

More: Parking bans in effect in western Massachusetts

Dozens of people had their cars towed in West Springfield during the weekend for violating the town's parking ban. Interstate Towing said they moved more than 80 vehicles since the parking ban went into effect. 

And it's more than just keeping the roads clear. 22News saw sidewalks on Memorial Avenue still covered in snow, forcing some pedestrians to walk into the street.

"It's really unsafe, I have to walk in the middle of the street," Kristina Woodmansee said of her long commute. "I have to walk a mile to work right now and I'm in the middle of the street. I mean I do I live across the street and my sidewalk is definitely shoveled." 

Most communities have specific bylaws to enforce sidewalk snow removal. West Springfield property owners have 24 hours to remove snow or ice from a sidewalk after a storm.

West Springfield residents could be fined up to $300 for not clearing the snow from their sidewalks. 


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