UPDATED (4:45 p.m.) : The City of New Bedford has lifted the parking ban as of 5 p.m. on Monday, February 1.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for New Bedford beginning Monday, February 1 with snow and wind in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southeastern Massachusetts and it is in effect from 7 a.m. on Monday, February 1 through 1 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2.

From the Office of New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell:

• An emergency parking ban is effective at 8:00 a.m. today and will extend for 48 hours unless lifted or extended.
• All city offices, facilities, and libraries are closed Monday, February 1
• A one-day trash/recycling pickup delay is in effect, with no pickup Monday, February 1.

The parking ban will be strictly enforced. Map and information on parking bans are available at http://www.newbedfordma.gov/traffic/snowbans/.

During the ban, parking is permitted on the north side of all streets going east and west, and allowed on the east side of all streets going north and south. The permitted side of the street is typically the side opposite the fire hydrants.

On streets normally posted for parking on one side of the street only,
residents should obey the signs as usual. Vehicles should never be parked within ten feet of a fire hydrant or twenty feet from a corner, regardless of whether a snow ban is in effect.

Areas designated for a double-sided parking ban include sections of five streets in addition to the downtown and Acushnet Avenue business districts. The narrow street sections are major routes for ambulances, school buses, and SRTA buses.

During a snow emergency parking ban, no parking is permitted on either side of the street in the following areas:

• Wood St (Acushnet Ave to Belleville Ave)
• Acushnet Ave (Tarkiln Hill Rd to Coggeshall St)
• Nash Rd (Acushnet Ave to Belleville Ave)
• Ashley Blvd (Nash Rd to Coggeshall St)
• County St (Purchase St to Cove Rd)
• Cottage St (Durfee St to Union St)
• Mill St (Kempton St to Pleasant St)
• Kempton St (Brownell Ave to Pleasant St)
• The Downtown Business District (County St to JFK Blvd, Kempton St to Walnut St)
• Dartmouth St (Allen St to Matthew St)
• Rivet St (Dartmouth St to JFK Blvd)

Violators of the snow emergency parking ban will be subject to $50 tickets and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

• Victory Park – Brock Avenue
• Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue
• Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court
• Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field
• Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side
• Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue
• Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street
• Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)
• Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue
• Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments
• Former AVX site on Belleville Avenue at Hadley Street
• Former Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue
• Elm Street Garage
• Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street
• New Bedford High School – 230 Hathaway Boulevard
• Keith Middle School – 225 Hathaway Boulevard
• Normandin Middle School – 81 Felton Street
• Roosevelt Middle School – 119 Fredrick Street
• Charles S Ashley Elementary School – 122 Rochambeau Street
• Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elementary School – 212 Nemasket Street
• Elwyn G Campbell Elementary School – 145 Essex Street
• Sgt Wm H Carney Academy Elementary School – 247 Elm Street
• Lot at intersection of Elm and Cottage (Southeast Corner)
• James B Congdon Elementary School – 50 Hemlock Street
• John B DeValles Elementary School – 120 Katherine Street
• Alfred J Gomes Elementary School – 286 South Second Street
• Ellen R Hathaway Elementary School – 256 Court Street
• Hayden/McFadden Elementary School – 361 Cedar Grove Street
• Horatio A Kempton Elementary School – 135 Shawmut Avenue
• Abraham Lincoln Elementary School – 445 Ashley Boulevard
• Carlos Pacheco Elementary School – 261 Mt. Pleasant Street
• John Avery Parker Elementary School – 705 County Street
• Casmir Pulaski Elementary School – 1097 Braley Road
• Thomas R Rodman Elementary School – 497 Mill Street
• William H Taylor Elementary School – 620 Brock Avenue
• SEA LAB/John Hannigan Elementary School – 91 Portland Street
• Jireh Swift Elementary School – 2203 Acushnet Avenue
• Betsey B Winslow Elementary School – 561 Allen Street
New Bedford City Offices – Closed

New Bedford Public Schools have implemented full distance learning for ALL students on Monday, February 1, based on the forecast and timing of the snow forecast. There will be no after-school activities.

New Bedford Regional Airport will remain in operation unless otherwise announced.
Passengers should contact their air carriers directly to confirm their flight status because widespread cancellations are expected.

The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at several locations throughout the city. Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect sand at any of the following locations:

• Corner of Liberty Street and Smith Street
• Brooklawn Park next to Brooklawn Senior Center
• Morse Twist Drill site (Pleasant Street side)
State-run COVID-19 Testing Sites: Potential for Change to Schedules

The Stop the Spread COVID-19 testing sites administered by the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts in New Bedford and elsewhere may announce changes to their schedules. SevenHills testing site at the former Fire Station 11 on Brock Avenue will be closed on Monday. Project Beacon’s appointment-only testing site at the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot is canceling appointments after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, but may announce further changes to its schedule.

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