The weather outside sure is frightful, but snow plows are working around the clock to maintain the 123 miles of Westport roadways.
And with a blizzard warning in effect until 6 p.m. Monday, here are some tips and information regarding plowing around town, courtesy of the Department of Public Works. Residents who have a question or complaint should call Public Works at 203-341-1120.
? Streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main roads are the first priority, with special attention given to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are addressed next, followed by dead-end streets. A single pass will be made on side streets to keep them open, but primary emphasis will be placed on main roads until the storm has stopped. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-end roads, but main roads must remain open.
? A snow plow can't avoid pushing snow in front of a driveway when it goes by. Homeowners are responsible for access to their own driveways. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until DPW crews have completed their final cleanup on the street.
? Per town ordinance, businesses are responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their properties clear of snow and ice.
? Mailboxes or posts struck by the blade of a plow will be replaced or repaired by the town. However, mailboxes or posts damaged from the force of plowed snow will not be repaired or replaced by the town. If your mailbox is damaged but you're unsure if it was actually hit by a plow, check for paint marks or tire tracks as evidence of a strike.
? The town prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots into streets. This is not only dangerous but also impedes the town's snow-removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by replowing until the road is safe. The plow driver doesn't have to plow the street bare, but the street should be no worse than when the driver began work.
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