The Town’s Snow & Ice Control Plan has three priorities, explaining where the Town starts snow plowing first. The Plan is to return road surfaces to safe winter driving conditions as soon as feasible within the limitations of this plan, our limited resources and weather conditions. Staff will evaluate the weather conditions during each snowstorm and will dispatch snow removal crews to impacted areas as needed.
All local through streets and paved alleys are designated snow routes where parking is prohibited once roadway accumulations reach a three inches or greater. Local through streets function to provide vehicular access to adjacent properties. They are designed for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. All cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets will be evaluated on a as needed basis, by the Public Services Director or the Director’s official designed Town Representative. It must be recognized that, although this plan sets general guidelines to be followed, each snowstorm has its own characteristics. The time required to clear snow and ice from streets depends on a variety of conditions often unique to each storm event. This plan must remain flexible and take into consideration these variables. The strategies used to plow streets depend on several factors including:
- Snow storm intensity and accumulation
- Anticipated snow storm duration
- Type of snow, ranging from light/dry to heavy/wet
- Ambient air and pavement surface temperatures before and expected after snowfall
- Wind speeds (high winds) and directions that cause drifting conditions
- Traffic conditions, weekday versus weekend
- Time of day
- Time of season – fall, winter or spring
- Availability of equipment and staff.