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Snow Removal

Towamensing Township Why do the Township's plow trucks keep hitting my mailbox when they plow?
Plowing snow is not an easy job, especially in the middle of a storm in the dark. The road crew has many things to watch for when plowing snow and sometimes mailboxes are hanging out too far into the road right-of-way. Sometimes it isn't even the plow that does the damage, just the snow and ice that comes off it. You can be assured that the drivers do not do this intentionally and certainly try the best to avoid all damage to personal property.

ALL mailboxes MUST be shoveled out by the resident for MAIL DELIVERY

Any residential mailbox on Township right-of-way that sustains damage during regular road/snow maintenance will be the responsibility of the resident if less than 4 feet from the road.

Any vehicle left on township right-of-way during ice or snow removal period will be towed/ticketed at the owner's expense.

Mailboxes MUST be mounted 4 feet from the edge of the pavement. This measurement is from "the face of the mailbox," not the base.

When will the Township clean the mess in my yard from the snowplows?
Unless the damage or debris is severe, probably never. The Township has the right to use the whole road “right-of-way" and is not really responsible for minor damage within that area. Damage to lawn/grass is unintentional and unavoidable. Try to look at it as a small price to pay for living in the beautiful countryside.

Why does the Township always plow my driveway shut after I finished shoveling it?
The drivers plow the roadway in the most efficient manner possible to provide the safest driving conditions as quickly as possible. The plows deliver snow to the side of the road as long as the truck is moving. There is no way to "shut off" the flow of snow at driveway entrances. You can, however assist in keeping your driveway clear by depositing all snow from your driveway to the left side, as you face your residence. Also, if you clear an area on the right side of the driveway along the roadway, the plow will clear itself of snow before it reaches your driveway. See diagram below.

Snow Removal

When does snow removal begin?
Public Works will salt the roads in the first stage of a snowstorm. Once approximately 3 inches have accumulated, they will begin to plow the roads.

When will my street be plowed?
Streets in the Township are plowed in order of priority. First priority streets are snow emergency routes, emergency services areas, school routes & all main arteries. Second priority is all alternate streets and cul-de-sacs.

How wide of a path will plows clean?
If possible, the crew will plow curb to curb. This is not always possible if vehicles are parked in the road. When a storm is forecasted, move vehicles to off-street parking when possible and keep them off the road until the plowing has been completed

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