Public Can Aid Highway Department's Snow and Ice Removal Efforts
Another winter of snow removal and ice control on some 38 miles of Stockton Springs roads. George Russell, Road Foreman, points out that there are a number of things the public can do to assist the department in its winter operations:
- Don't drive unnecessarily in a storm, especially during severe snowstorms and freezing rains. Snow and ice control trucks do a better job with less traffic on the road.
- If a storm is anticipated, remove vehicles from roadside shoulders. This allows plows to clear the area the first time through without having to return to clean it up later. It also reduces the chance of damage to the vehicles.
- Help reduce the possibility of a broken mailbox post. Plow operators try to avoid mailbox posts, but during a storm, reduced visibility may mean a driver cannot always see a post in time to avoid striking it with the wing of the plow. Any installation within the highway right-of-way, including a mailbox, is placed there at the owner's risk. Posts should also be checked for deterioration or rot to reduce the possibility they'll be broken off simply from the weight of plowed snow.
- If possible, wait until the roadway has been plowed before cleaning the end of your driveway. There is no practical way for us to plow the roadway without depositing snow into the end of driveways.
- Don't shovel, snow-blow, or plow driveways into the road. It violates state law and can create a serious traffic hazard. If possible, put the shoveled, blown or plowed snow on the side of the driveway opposite the direction from which the roadway plow is coming. That way, the plow will carry snow away from the driveway, not back into it.
- Be sure cars are properly equipped for winter driving.
- Avoid calling our office during a bad storm unless absolutely necessary. Our personnel are extremely busy doing everything possible to cope with the storm situations. It is better to keep phone lines clear for emergency calls.
- Don't be misled by plow trucks riding with their plows up. They may be going for fuel or repairs, or be headed for another area. We are not responsible for plowing all the roads in town, only the town ways.
- Use caution when approaching snowplows from the rear, especially on highways. Wind or air currents from the snowplow or other vehicles can result in swirling snow, severely restricting visibility. Be alert for flashing snowplow warning lights.