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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Snow Removal Information

SNOW REMOVAL INFORMATION

A Message from Your Public Works Department

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE TOWNSHIPS SNOW PLOW OPERATION?

Public safety is the top priority of the Township’s snow and ice policy.  We are committed to providing residents and visitors a safe winter travel experience.  We will work 24/7 until all roads within the Township are passable.  Passable does not mean bare pavement.  Passable means that a road can be traveled with caution.  To make roads passable we plow every street in town for two way traffic. We do not salt every street in town. Salt needs to be used responsibly as it can have a negative impact on lawns, pets and waterways.  The Township does not throw sand on the roads due to NJ storm water management regulations.

During the winter months, many residents call the Public Works Department with questions regarding snow removal. Perhaps this will answer the most frequently asked questions.

IS PARKING ALLOWED ON TOWNSHIP STREETS DURING SNOW STORMS?

While on-street parking is normally not restricted, we do have a snow emergency ordinance (#26-1984). When a snow emergency is declared, vehicles must be removed from the street. This enables snow removal vehicles to properly plow your street. It also safeguards your car from possible damage from salt trucks. PLEASE HELP US BETTER SERVE YOU BY KEEPING VEHICLES ON DRIVEWAYS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.


WHY DOES THE SNOW PLOW PUSH SNOW INTO MY DRIVEWAY?

Plow operators do not intentionally plow in driveways. Drivers are instructed to plow street curb to curb. This is necessary to properly open your street for traffic. It also allows access for emergency vehicles and allows those residents who have rural mail delivery to receive mail. While plowing, accumulated snow curls from the plow from the center of the road to the shoulder, leaving a ridge of snow along the curb line. Unfortunately, this snow also occasionally blocks driveways. This is unavoidable. Drivers cannot selectively place snow before or after a driveway entrances. Most complaints arise from areas where parked vehicles do not allow plows to run along the curb line. Consequently, when the cars are moved at a later date, large amounts of snow are left in the street. Passing plows will move this snow to the curb, often leaving snow on clean driveway aprons. AGAIN, THIS CAN BE AVOIDED BY REMOVING CARS FROM THE STREETS AND ALLOWING US TO PLOW CURB TO CURB THE FIRST TIME. This will prevent plows repeatedly blocking your driveway. Suggestion: wait until plows have made passes on your street before cleaning your driveway, if possible.


I LIVE ON A COURT AND THE PLOW PUSHES ALL OF THE SNOW IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE

Plowing courts creates special problems for snow plow operators. The limited space available leaves us virtually no areas to place snow. Equipment limitations DO NOT allow us to place snow in the center of the court. Nor, can it be pushed out of the court. It must be placed in the few areas that do not contain driveways, mailboxes, or fire hydrants. If these areas are blocked by parked cars, trailers, boats, and utility trailers, it presents an impossible task for plow operators. Please keep vehicles in driveways, allowing us to utilize what open space is available.


WHO DO I CALL IF A SNOW PLOW DAMAGES MY PROPERTY?

Occasionally, snow curling from a plow will damage a mailbox or other object near the curb. If the damage was done by a Township truck, please notify us at 589-0523 between 8:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. PLEASE AVOID CALLING DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY. After the storm, we will respond as soon as possible to repair the damage.

ROADS THAT ARE NOT PLOWED BY THE TOWNSHIP

Blackwood Barnsboro Road – County
Berlin Crosskeys Road – County
Chapel Heights – County

Egg Harbor Road – County
Fish Pond Road – County
Fries Mill Road – County
Ganttown Road – County
Glassboro Crosskeys Road – County
Greentree Road – County
Hurffville Crosskeys Road – County
Hurffville Grenloch Road – County
Pitman Downer Road – County
Tuckahoe Road – County
Woodbury Turnersville Road – County (from Huckleberry Way to Farrier Avenue)
Woodbury Turnersville Road – County (from Arbutus Ave. to Black Horse Pike)

Questions or concerns with a County Road call 307-6400


Delsea Drive – State
Blackhorse Pike – State

Questions or concerns with a State road call 609-588-6213


With the assistance of Washington Township residents and the strong resources and hard working staff of the Public Works Department, snow events do not have to present dangerous situations.


All employees of the Public Works Department wish to serve you to the utmost of our ability. Please keep in mind that we have 170 miles of roads to plow and approximately 200 courts. Please be patient, all streets are normally plowed within 14-24 hours. In a snow event that creates more than 3” of snow we call in outside contractors to assist the Public Works Department with our snow removal.

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