Winter Driving Tips & WRT Snow Removal Policy

posted Jan 13, 2017, 5:27 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

PennDOT is reminding motorists of a recent law requiring all vehicles to be fully clear of ice and snow before taking to the road. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive fine of up to $1,000. PennDOT also offers the following winter driving tips to help ensure safety on the roads this winter.

  • Frequently monitor vehicle fluid levels, lights and wiper blades.
  • Pay particular attention to tire pressure and tire tread depth to ensure optimal performance on ice and snow.
  • Prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit.
WRT Snow Removal Plan

The Snow Removal Plan is a general policy to make snow removal more effective and efficient.  Each storm will dictate how it is implemented and adjustments will be made.

For winter storms, the municipality is divided into sections with a vehicle assigned to each section. West Rockhill Township’s first priority is to make the roads under municipal jurisdiction safe for the traveling public; the Township maintains 40 miles of roads and Penn DOT maintains 27 miles of state roads. The priority of each vehicle is to open each street in its assigned section. Penn DOT has its own procedures for the state roads.

At the start of the storm, all trucks are sent out to their assigned areas with the instructions to salt hills, intersections and curve areas first, then all other areas. Salt needs the movement of traffic to make it most effective, so if it appears that your street has not yet been done, it may be that there has not yet been enough traffic on it yet.  For plowing, the drivers are instructed to make one pass in each direction on each street and they are to make one pass in and one pass out in the cul-de-sacs.

After each of the roads is passable, we will start the procedure of pushing back the snow to the road edge and cleaning out the cul-de-sacs.  This operation may not begin until the following day because the employees will be sent home to get some mandatory rest after the long grueling hours spent in the initial plowing effort.

You can help by following the suggestions below:

Vehicle Parking

If at all possible, park off the road in your driveway. In the case of those with steep driveways or multiple vehicles, park at the mouth of the driveway, off the road. The more of the driveway surface that is protected, the less shoveling will have to be done. In cul-de-sacs, which are difficult to plow without vehicles parked in them, park all vehicles off the roadway. It doesn’t help to park at the end of the cul-de-sac along the curb or to double park vehicles in that area. Many cul-de-sacs have storm drains at the end of them and that is the area we try to plow the snow to.  If your car is parked in the roadway during the snow removal operations, our drivers will tag it with a “Notice”.  It will be at least several hours or even a day before a vehicle will return to finish the road. Your neighbors will appreciate your considerate attention to this request.

Mailboxes

Please check the condition and position of your mailbox.  It is not permitted to have your mailbox extend over the edge of the road.  Accidents do happen and if your mailbox is damaged during the plowing operations, please notify West Rockhill Township as soon as possible.

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