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Downtown Northampton clearing schedule

  • <br/>Dump trucks bring snow in from around the city while a front  loader pushes it into high snow banks at Maines field in Northampton. <br/>


    Dump trucks bring snow in from around the city while a front loader pushes it into high snow banks at Maines field in Northampton.
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  • Sarah King and her daughter Wrenna King, 7 months, who live on Williams street talk about snow removal Wednesday. <br/><br/>

    Sarah King and her daughter Wrenna King, 7 months, who live on Williams street talk about snow removal Wednesday.

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  • <br/>Dump trucks bring snow in from around the city while a front  loader pushes it into high snow banks at Maines field in Northampton. <br/>
  • Sarah King and her daughter Wrenna King, 7 months, who live on Williams street talk about snow removal Wednesday. <br/><br/>

The city imposed a parking ban on select streets in and near downtown late Tuesday and early Wednesday for snow removal efforts and crews were able to finish more than four streets — Gothic, Center, Masonic, New South and one side of Armory — and a small portion of Main, said Richard Parasiliti Jr., superintendent of the streets division.

The work will continue tonight into Friday morning for other downtown streets, when another limited parking ban will likely be in effect for select downtown streets.

“It will probably take us three nights to completely finish (downtown),” Parasiliti said.

Meantime, crews spent the better part of day Wednesday clearing downtown Florence, a job they will likely finish today, Parasiliti said.

Once both downtowns are clear, crews will turn their attention to side streets that see a lot of congestion. These include Market and North, Hawley and Williams and South streets

“We’re trying to go to the places where the streets are the narrowest,” Parasiliti said.

Other streets will be addressed after that, though officials hope much of the snow will melt by then.

Parasiliti said if more snow falls Saturday or next week, as predicted, crews will start in areas they haven’t visited rather than streets that were already cleared.

Snow removed from city streets is dumped in the old Honda dealership parking lot on King Street.

Parasiliti said his crew remains enthusiastic despite being fatigued. Most crew members pulled a 32-hour shift during the storm and have been working double shifts since as part of the snow-removal effort.

“I’m very proud of the staff,” he said.

— CHAD CAIN

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