New Brunswick Prepares for Major Snowstorm

This file photo from 2011 shows George Street covered in snow.

UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: New Brunswick Public Schools and City Hall will be closed tomorrow, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw. Home trash collection is also canceled. Parked cars must be off the roads by 6 p.m., and towing will begin later tonight.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — City departments, hospitals and residents are gearing up for a late-winter storm that could drop as much as two feet of snow on New Brunswick over the next day.

The New Brunswick Parking Authority plans to open certain garages to residents free of charge. According to the city, people with proof of residency may park their cars from 6 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow, March 14, in the Morris Street, Plum Street, New Street and Wellness Plaza decks.

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City code bars drivers from parking on a number of roads during snowstorms. The list includes portions of main drags, like College Avenue and Suydam Street, and entire thoroughfares, such as Louis Street and Livingston Avenue.

Click here for the complete list of roads on which parking is prohibited during snowstorms. Cars must be removed by 6 p.m. tonight, or violators face summonses and towing.

Residents who are up for trash collection tomorrow should indeed bring their garbage cans to the curb, according to the city. New Brunswick’s public works department intends to gather the trash on Wednesday if the snowstorm strikes tonight.

For businesses only, tomorrow’s recycling collection has been pushed to Saturday, March 18. The city asks affected businesses to place recycling cans on the street side of snow banks come 5 p.m. Friday.

The change to the recycling schedule doesn’t affect residents.

New Brunswick’s Code Blue program, which provides temporary shelter to homeless people, will be in effect tonight. Those in need may go to the Henry Guest House, 58 Livingston Ave., from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

City officials note that space is limited and doors close at 9 p.m.

Municipal court is canceled tomorrow. Court officials will alert people of their new court dates via mail.

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is shuttering a number of outpatient services tomorrow due to the looming storm. New Brunswick’s How Lane facility will close the family health center, the women’s health clinic, pediatric services, the Dorothy B. Hersh Child Protection Center and the For KEEPS program, according to the hospital.

The medical group is also closing various programs in other municipalities.

All services at Saint Peter’s should reopen on Wednesday, March 15, according to the hospital.

For their part, residents are required to clear sidewalks on their property. They must be cleared within 12 daylight hours come the end of snowfall, and sand must be placed on sidewalks to melt ice, according to the city.

New Brunswick asks residents to shovel out nearby fire hydrants.

The status of New Brunswick Public Schools for tomorrow is unclear at this time.

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