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Snow Removal

Montgomery Township Public Works Department makes storm preparedness a priority all year round. Salt and other necessary tools/materials are stocked in mid-summer to ensure that The Department has the necessary resources for Township residents to have a less stressful winter.

Please understand the Township’s snow removal process below to make sure everything can go according to plan during a storm:

 

Priority Roads
 
As snow begins to accumulate, the Township concentrates on certain roads. The first streets that receive attention are the major roads (or "Priority One" roads). As long as the snow keeps falling, the Township's first priority is to keep the main roads open and passable. In such instances, it is unlikely that residential roads will be reached immediately, because the main roads must be repeatedly plowed and kept open.

High priority is also given to the clearing of major streets so that school buses and emergency vehicles can gain access to all parts of the Township. As soon as all major streets are clear, equipment is immediately moved into residential areas.

Under normal circumstances, cul-de-sacs are the last residential streets to be cleared. Cul-de-sacs are plowed last, because they carry the lowest volume of traffic among the different types of streets.

 

Snow on state roads

State snow removal crews are responsible for clearing state roads. However, a Township plow will keep their blades down while traveling a state road to assist in the state’s snow removal process out of courtesy and safety for travelers.

 

Salting and plowing

There are two aspects of a snow operation - salting and plowing. When roads start to freeze from falling precipitation, salting operations begin on major roads and continue until all roads are completed or until it is no longer effective to salt (due to the depth of snow). The more traffic on a road, the more effective the salt. As a result, some residential streets with small amounts of traffic may appear to have not been salted.

Please keep in mind that as temperatures drop, salt becomes less effective. Once the temperature drops below 20 degrees, salt is no longer effective at all.

If snowfall accumulates and plowing is required, salting operations cease. When the snow stops and final plowing is accomplished on all roads, salt is spread again. All roads are monitored for icy spots and re-salted where dangerous.

 

Mailboxes

Each property owner should check their mailbox front to ensure that it is the minimum of 6 inches behind the face of the curb, which is within federal postal regulations. Prior to the start of winter, the homeowner should reset any mailboxes protruding past the minimum measurement of 6 inches behind the face of the curb. This will ensure that the mailbox will not be damaged during the plowing operations. Any damage that may occur will be the responsibility of the homeowner, unless the plow truck was directly responsible for the damage.
 
 
Basketball Backstops

All basketball backstops should be removed from any Township Right-of-Way, which is generally 1 foot behind the sidewalk. Any damage that may occur during plowing operations will be the responsibility of the homeowner.

 

Driveway Clearing

As salting and plowing are difficult operations to perform, residents are requested to park in their driveways when snow is anticipated, rather than on the street. Please keep in mind that it is almost impossible to keep snow from being deposited at your driveway during plowing, as the plow cannot be lifted or stopped at each driveway as it passes.
 
 
Important Driveway Tip

If you have your driveway plowed before the street is completed, clear an area to the left of the drive entrance (standing in the driveway, facing the street). When your street is plowed, the snow from the plow can be unloaded in this area instead of your driveway.

Plows sometimes find it necessary to make several passes in order to clear snow all the way to the curb to allow for property drainage.

Please, do not empty snow from your driveway into the street, this slows the overall plowing operation. Also, if snow that is placed in the street freezes, it can create a traffic hazard.

 

Sidewalk Clearing Ordinance
 
Residents and business owners are reminded that, by ordinance, all private sidewalks are to be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowfall. Otherwise, individuals could slip and become injured. Remember that it is easier to remove snow before pedestrians pack it down.

If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear the snow away from the area around it (leaving the markers intact). This will assist fire crews in the event of an emergency.

 

Patience Please

Please be patient, snow removal is a difficult and time-consuming process. Since Township crews need many hours of intensive labor to complete snow clearing operations, please try to limit your travel during and immediately following a snowfall unless absolutely necessary. The less traffic on the roads during snow clearing operations, the quicker the job can be accomplished.
 

Important Numbers
 
For emergencies, call 911
 
For non-emergency situations call:
 
Public Works Department: (215) 855-0510
Police Department (24-hours-a-day): (215) 362-2301
Fire Services: (215) 393-6936

Please only call if it is an urgent matter. If snow removal crews are sent off their normal routes on special efforts, it slows down the overall cleanup. Your street will be plowed as quickly as possible.

If you do call to report a condition, the information is immediately dispatched to a truck in your district. There is no need to call a second time.

In the event of a police, fire or ambulance emergency, the Township's plow drivers are dispatched in conjunction with the emergency vehicles.

 

Neighbor & Family Safety

Montgomery Township would like to thank residents for their continued support throughout the winter seasons, and remind residents to check on family, friends and neighbors to ensure their safety and wellbeing this winter.

Snow Emergency Routes 

The Montgomery Township Police Department issues a Snow Emergency when conditions exist that warrant such a declaration to protect the health, safety, and welfare of affected residents in Montgomery Township. 

When a Snow Emergency is declared, all Snow Emergency routes must be kept clear of parked or unattended vehicles during the emergency so that roads can be properly plowed. 

Any vehicles left parked or or abandoned on a Snow Emergency route during a snow emergency may be fined or towed. Please click here for a list of Montgomery Township Snow Emergency routes. 

 

 


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