Tisbury DPW will mount a major effort to clear downtown of snow

In this file photo from 2016, an electronic sign at the beginning of Main Street announced a parking ban. Tisbury has closed Main Street to assist in snow removal. - Photo by Nelson Sigelman.

The Tisbury Department of Public Works said it plans a full scale effort to clear downtown streets of snow though the duration of the storm.

Crews will focus on Main Street and move on to the Stop & Shop parking lot, the Union Street parking lot and periphery streets.

Union Street closed at 4 pm to allow crews to pile snow at the Union Street parking lot.

“We will still allow traffic to flow on Main Street,” Tom Mello, DPW director told The Times. “That way all of the snow will be cleared from Main Street and we will start our stockpile at the Union Street parking lot with two front-end loaders and two snow plows going in the opposite direction towards the boat from Main.”

Most Vineyard Haven businesses will be closed by 5 pm, he said.

“We’ve got a great crew out there mobilized,” DPW supervisor Bob Blanchard said.

Jay Grande, Tisbury town administrator, was attending a Mass Municipal Association conference in Boston, but returned early Saturday to assist the town in its blizzard preparations.

Mr. Grande said private contractors will called out to help clear secondary dirt roads.

This will be the DPW’s first big winter test following last winter when the department faced sharp criticism for its snow-removal efforts, which sparked a move by selectmen to wrest back control of the department.