CENTER TOWNSHIP

BUTLER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Text Box: SNOW REMOVAL


ROADSIDE VEHICLE PARKING - If a storm/inclement weather is anticipated, remove vehicles from the roadside shoulders. This allows plows to clear the area the first time through, making return trips unnecessary.

Vehicles parked in or along the street during storm/inclement weather will be towed, at owner’s expense,  per  Center Township Codified Ordinances Chapter 8, Article IV.

DRIVEWAY TO ROADWAY - Do not shovel snow into the road or have your driveway plowed into the road. This can cause a serious traffic hazard. If possible, it is best to place snow on the side of your driveway opposite the direction the plow is traveling. By implementing this technique, the plow will push snow away from your driveway rather than back into it.

If possible, wait until the road has been plowed before clearing out the end of your driveway. There is no practical way to plow the road without depositing snow into your driveway.

Township snow removal crews do not clear private driveways or driveway entrances of accumulated snow.

Center Township is not responsible for damage to private driveways, etc. due to snow removal materials.

MAILBOXES and MAILBOX POSTS - Help reduce the possibility of a damaged/broken mailbox or mailbox post. Plow operators are urged to take precautions to avoid hitting mailbox posts. Experience has shown that reduced visibility during a storm makes it difficult for a driver to see a post in time to avoid striking it or pushing it over with plowed snow. In the event that your mailbox is hit by a plow, contact the office at 724-282-7805.

Any installation within the right of way - including a 	mailbox/post - is placed there at the owner’s risk.

Therefore, owners are encouraged to install mailboxes 	at the maximum usable distance from the edge of the 	roadway. Posts should also be checked for 	deterioration to reduce the possibility that the weight of 	the plowed snow may simply break or push the post 	over.

Center Township shall not repair or replace mailboxes or posts damaged by the force or placement of plowed snow.

When Will My Road Be Plowed?

Main arteries linking development areas to main roads have plowing priority.

Housing developments are next:

	•	The township is broken up into snow routes and 		there are individual drivers assigned to each route.

	•	It is primarily the discretion of the driver to decide 		which development or designated area in each 			district	 is plowed first. The driver shall use his/her 		overall knowledge of the area, previous plowing 		experience and current road conditions to make that 		determination.

	•	Housing plans with steep roads are generally given 		priority under severe conditions.

	•	Because cul-de-sacs in a housing plan are not 			thruways to the majority  of motorists or school 			students within a development, customarily they are 		given last priority.

Helpful note: Snow plows do not have the ability to lift and carry snow from one area to another. The plow pushes the snow. The driver places it in an area most suitable to expedite the plowing, opening the roads for the majority of residents in the most timely manner.

Why Are Snow Removal Trucks With Plows Raised? - A truck with a raised plow does not always mean the driver has completed your area. They may be:

Returning for fuel or vehicle service.

Returning to the maintenance yard for additional treatment material.

Responding to a call to assist for an emergency:

	• State Police

	• Fire Department

	• Ambulance

	• School District Transportation Department

4. 	The municipality may not maintain all roads in the area, 	some roads are maintained by the state, some roads 	
	are private and some roads have not been dedicated to the 	township.

Township employees will clear & treat those roads maintained by the Township in the most timely manner possible.