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The purpose of Washington Township’s Snow Season Policy is to provide the safest possible roadway system and access routes for the motoring public, public transit, public schools, fire, police, emergency aid vehicles, the citizens of Washington Township and the surrounding communities. Understanding the policy cannot eliminate all the impacts or effects of a snow and/or ice emergency.
This policy is intended to communicate Washington Township’s preliminary coordination efforts to reduce the threat to public safety from a snow and ice emergency. During inclement weather, Washington Township will make every effort to maintain the traffic flow in as close to normal driving conditions as possible.
We staff employees sufficient for handling snow and ice control for the township roads. The road crew consists of a group of full-time employees that work year round and who are individually required to maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
In the snow season of 2012/2013, we anticipate using straight Sodium Chloride on the roads.
When severe winter storm conditions warrant, the Warren County Engineer, the Warren County Sheriff, and the Director of Emergency Services will determine if levels of emergency are warranted that will restrict travel on township, county, and state highways.
During the winter season, Washington Township’s first priority is to provide safety for all of the motorized public using the township road system. Here is what you can do to be prepared for a winter storm event, practice caution for you and your family, and drive with care during the upcoming winter season.
During a Winter Storm Event
Do not allow children and pets to play on roadways or on the snow berms as this is very dangerous. Drivers may not see them or be able to stop in time to avoid hitting them.
As snow is plowed from roadways, windrows (a line or row of snow) can be created at the end of driveways and are the property owner’s responsibility to clear. Do not shovel or put snow from driveways onto or across township roads as this is unlawful and creates a hazard for other drivers.
If you are removing snow from your property and a township snow plow approaches, there is a strong possibility that you are not visible to the operator. Dark clothing, the hour of day and weather conditions inhibit visibility. Protect yourself from injury by giving the plow operator extra room to perform the task.
On the Road
Don't go out until the snow plows and salt mix trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions.
Snow plows make frequent stops and backup maneuvers; do not drive your car up behind a snow plow as the driver may be unable to see you and inadvertently back into your car. If you are behind a plow that stops, stop your vehicle in such a way that your car looks into the driver’s outside rearview mirror, and please give them extra room.
Drivers are also urged to give an oncoming snow truck right of way. During the winter months, the berm or shoulder of the road is often too soft to support the weight of a loaded salt truck. These drivers cannot move off of the road to let oncoming traffic pass on narrow roads. If you see a salt truck approaching on a narrow road, please be courteous and pull off into the nearest driveway and let the snow truck pass.
Although undesired, there is always a potential for damage to mailboxes and fences during the snow removal process. Damage will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Mailboxes and fences that are damaged by actual physical contact with Washington Township equipment will be repaired at the Washington Township’s expense, but only if they were properly located and installed. The mail box owner is responsible for repair or replacement of the mailbox if the mailbox was damaged by the pressure of the plowed snow and there was no physical contact with the plow equipment.