City to clear snow from downtown prior to St. Patrick's Day Parade

People worried about having to stand in the snow for Milford’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14 may have a little less to worry about: The city’s Public Works Department will be clearing snow from the downtown parade-standing area March 9 to 12.

The city issued an emergency snow removal notice Thursday, advising residents that snow removal will be taking place in Milford Center overnight March 9, 10 and 11 from 11 p.m. until 8 a.m.

The following areas will be posted with emergency no parking signs to allow city workers to get in and remove snow. Vehicles found in violation may be towed or fined.

  • West Main Street (from Constitution Drive - West River Street)

  • West River Street (from West Main Street - River Street)

  • River Street (from West River Street - North Broad Street)

  • North Broad Street (from River Street - Greens End)

  • South Broad Street (from Center Street - River Street)

“We are encouraging area residents and businesses to assist in facilitating the snow removal by cooperating with the parking restrictions,” Police Department Spokesman Jeff Nielsen said in a prepared statement.

The Milford St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of Milford’s biggest events, attracting about 20,000 spectators.

Public Works Director Chris Saley said he recently met with Parade Chairman Marty Hardiman and members of the police department to discuss snow removal.

Saley said parade day is expected to be a 50 to 60 degree day, so officials want to be sure there is plenty of room for parade-goers.

“We’ll be getting the snow off the streets, the sidewalks, and parts of the green,” Saley said.

Workers will also focus on clearing popular parade standing spots, like the four corners near Subway at the Factory Lane intersection.

City workers have been moving snow regularly since it started to pile up on city streets, cutting high mounds and taking excess snow to Eisenhower Park or the Walnut Beach parking lot, Saley said.

Linda Hardiman said the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is looking forward to a great parade day and is happy the Public Works Department will be removing snow.

“I don’t remember having to do this before,” she said. “We’ve had snow before, but not like this.”

The parade steps off from the Parsons Complex Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. and travels to the end of the green.

The parade is sponsored each year by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, not the Irish Heritage Society, Hardiman added, noting that sometimes people get the two organizations confused.