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Winter Information & Driving Tips

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High Snow

General Winter Information:

  • Snow removal crews follow a prioritized plan for clearing streets of snow.
  • Driveway approaches may become blocked (bermed) after snow plowing.
  • Town ordinance requires residents, business owners or contractors who are clearing snow on private property to not deposit snow into public roads or rights-of-way.
  • Residents should set their trash containers far enough away from the street to avoid damage by snowplows and blowers. This will help prevent trash containers from being buried in snow or being picked up by the snow blowers, shredded and blown back into their property. This practice should be maintained during and after storms, when snow blowers widen the roadways.
  • Snow removal crews sometimes receive requests from residents that their particular street be plowed immediately because they have a medical appointment or emergency. In the event of an emergency, residents should call 9-1-1. Plowing crews will provide top priority assistance to any rescue unit responding to emergencies. A previously scheduled doctor’s appointment does not constitute a “medical emergency”.
  • Plowing begins as soon as there is snowfall accumulation of 3” or more.
  • Limited sanding is done during a snowfall because falling snow covers sand and it is scraped away on subsequent plowing passes, requiring additional sanding.
  • Subdivision roads may not be plowed if parked vehicles or other obstructions interfere with the safe and continuous operation of snow removal equipment. Equipment will return to plow after parked vehicles or obstructions are removed. Vehicles parked in the right-of-ways between November 1 and April 1 may be towed.
  • School bus routes are given special attention.
  • Operators will return to widen roads as conditions warrant. Following a major storm, cleanup operations may continue for three to four days.
  • Mailboxes placed or installed within Town right-of-ways are the responsibility of the owner.

Winter Driving Tips:

  • Do not drive unless you must.
  • If you must drive, exercise extreme caution. Driving on snow-packed and icy roads requires your full attention and demands your best driving skills.
  • Have adequate snow tires or chains in or on your vehicle.
  • Remember to brake slowly and leave adequate room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Be patient, drive at reduced speeds.
  • Allow sufficient travel time to reach your destination.
  • Drive defensively – Be courteous