Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In Advance of Tuesday Night’s Snow, Jersey City Officials Ask for No Parking on Emergency Routes & Say They’ll Open Up Municipal Lots

By Jon Whiten • Jan 10th, 2011 • Category: Blog, News
With the National Weather Service issuing a Winter Storm Warning for Jersey City and surrounding areas Tuesday night into Wednesday night, Jersey City officials are busy preparing for what forecasters say could be up to 14 inches of snow.

The storm warning, which begins at 7 pm Tuesday and lasts until 6 pm Wednesday, says there will be seven to 14 inches of snow, accompanied by wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour, creating visibilities of less than a quarter-mile at times. The heaviest snow is expected to be after midnight Tuesday, with the potential to create “hazardous travel” on Wednesday.

City officials say the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA) will have all 67 of its plows ready for tomorrow’s storm, just weeks after 18 of them became unusable during the December 26 blizzard. The JCIA also has 2,600 tons of salt ready to hit the city’s roads.

As with last week’s minor storm, the city is once again asking residents to limit driving and to not park on emergency snow routes so they can be more easily plowed.

City spokesperson Jennifer Morrill tells us that two municipal lots will be opened to displaced vehicles beginning tomorrow night: at Cambridge Avenue between Griffith and Bowers Streets in the Heights, and at Montgomery Street and Jordan Avenue (across from the Armory). She says to make sure to park in metered spots, not any spot that says “Reserved,” since local businesses pay to rent some spots in the lots.
Here are the emergency routes:
  • JFK Boulevard from Journal Square to Montgomery Street
  • Bergen Avenue from Journal Square to Montgomery Street
  • Sip Avenue from JFK Boulevard to Summit Avenue
  • Communipaw Avenue from Route 440 to Bergen Avenue
  • Newark Avenue from Route 1/9 to Marin Boulevard
  • Montgomery Street from West Side Avenue to the Hudson River
  • Manhattan Avenue from Route 1/9 to Central Avenue
  • MLK Drive from Communipaw Avenue to McAdoo Avenue
  • Broadway from Tonnelle Avenue to Route 440
  • Danforth Avenue from Princeton Avenue to West Side Avenue
  • Bergen Avenue from Academy Street to Communipaw Avenue
  • Palisade Avenue from Route 139 to the Union City border
  • West Side Avenue from Broadway to Danforth Avenue
  • Columbus Drive from Center Street to the Hudson River
  • Ocean Avenue from Bramhall Avenue to Merritt Street
  • Grove Street from Newark Avenue to Grand Street
  • Central Avenue between Route 139 and the Union City border
  • Summit Avenue between Manhattan Avenue North and Secaucus Road
  • Baldwin Avenue between Beacon Avenue and Montgomery Street
  • Jersey Avenue between Grand and 8th Streets

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