‘SNOW PARKING, PLEASE, IF IT SNOWS

WindblownWind whips snow off rooftops downtown on Broad Street during a storm on March 2, 2009.

The Red Bank Police Department is asking residents to move their cars to off-street parking overnight and tomorrow in anticipation of a snowstorm that could dump 14 or more inches of snow locally.

The request has been made in the form of a recommendation, because many borough streets are not included in a snow removal ordinance (text below) that prohibits parking of specific streets when the ground is snow-covered, said Acting Chief Steve McCarthy.

Meantime, road crews from Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works & Engineering began applying  liquid salt brine to many of the county’s 871 lane miles of roads earlier today to prevent the snow and ice from bonding to the road surface. Tomorrow, hours before the snow is expected to begin falling, they will be applying rock salt treated with magnesium chloride,  John W. Tobia, director of the county’s public works department, said in a prepared announcement.

“We begin preparing for storms well in advance,” Tobia said.  “Our snow room is activated and we will be monitoring its progress throughout the weekend. We will have a full complement of crews out clearing the roads.”

The county puts into service all 95 trucks outfitted with spreading and plowing capabilities to combat snowstorms, Tobia said.

Here’s the text of the Red Bank ordinance regarding snow-covered streets: snowemergencynoparking