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There are several reasons why snow plow operators are not always pushing back the snow. They could be in operation to spread materials, may be headed back to fuel up, or the driver may not be responsible for that route and is driving to another street.
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Report an unplowed road after an event totaling three or more inches of snow town-wide via phone
Plow routes are prioritized based on many factors including, but not limited to traffic volume, speeds, emergency needs, school bus routes, geographical characteristics of a road, and storm type. The focus is on main roads first, followed by bus routes, hills, main subdivision roads, minor subdivision roads and, finally, sidewalks. Depending on storm conditions, subdivision roads are not plowed until 3” of snow have accumulated. During some storms, only the main roads within a subdivision will be plowed or treated with materials. Please refer to the Winter Maintenance Policy within this site for more information on plowing policies and priorities.
The DPW is sorry for this inconvenience. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable since our first responsibility is to clear the roads for safe passage. While snow plow operators try to minimize the amount of snow that is plowed into driveways, it is the owner’s responsibility to clear their driveway opening. To avoid extra shovel work, try to shovel after the snow plow has driven by, and shovel the snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the road. Visit our Winter Preparation page for a diagram of how to avoid the Second Shovel.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. If the rescue squad needs assistance getting to you they will notify the Public Works Department.
The Town does not repair damaged mailboxes caused by snow plowing. The Town will only repair or replace mailboxes if evidence shows that the actual plow blade hit the mailbox. The Town is not responsible for damage to a mailbox from snow being plowed onto it. If the plow blade damaged your mailbox please contact the DPW by phone (508-833-8002) or SeeClickFix and we will inspect the mailbox after the storm.
Mailboxes should be located 18 inches from the edge of road to minimize damage from snow plowing. Residents should contact the Postal Service to determine proper location of the mailboxes.
The Town will not repair any damaged items that were located within the Town layout (i.e., right-of-way). The Town layout typically extends 5 to 15 feet beyond the pavement (property owners can view the Town GIS Maps to view rough estimates of the town layout near their frontage).
To minimize damage to lawns, the Town recommends that residents install stakes or markers 6 to 12 inches off the edge of pavement to alert snow plow operators of the road edge. The DPW recommends using 48-inch orange fiberglass markers with white reflective tape (see below). Fiberglass markers will minimize damage to vehicles if accidently struck and the reflective tape is clearly visible to snow plow operators. Markers are available at local hardware stores. If residents have installed markers and still experience damage to their lawns (i.e., grass is torn up), they should contact the DPW for inspection following the storm.
You can contact the DPW at 508-833-8002