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Posted on: March 6, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Preparedness Tips & Guidelines

Upper Moreland Township recognizes the importance of snow removal, not only to residents, but to everyone who needs to travel to or through our community. Help us, help you during a snow event by following the Snow Removal Guidelines.

The Township's Public Works Department is responsible for plowing and salting the roads in Upper Moreland Township.  Salting and cindering begins on primary highways as soon as snow or freezing rain starts to fall. Plowing begins after 3-4 inches of snow accumulation.  After primary routes are clear, plows/salt trucks proceed to dedicated secondary routes.

Whenever possible please move your vehicles out of the street and onto private driveways so that plowing and salting operations can be done safely and efficiently.  If you cannot move your vehicles to off-street parking spots, please following these guidelines to help ensure that plowing and salting covers as much of your street as possible:

  • Unless your street permits parking on one side only, park vehicles on the "even" and "odd" numbered side of the street, depending on the "even" or "odd" numbered year.  For example, in 2017 park your car on the "odd" numbered side of the street.  In 2018, park your car on the "even" numbered side of the street.

To avoid having to shovel out your driveway more than once after a storm, follow these tips:

  • Wait until after your street has been plowed to shovel the end of your driveway closest to the street.
  • When clearing the entrance to your driveway, shovel snow into a pile to the right of the driveway when facing the street and create a small, clear pocket to the left of the driveway for crews to leave snow during plowing.

Sidewalks must be cleared within 48 hours after the snow, sleet or freezing rain has stopped falling.  It is unlawful to shovel, plow or deposit snow or ice from any driveway, sidewalk or parking areas onto any public street or sidewalk, per Township Ordinance 1569, Article 290-3.

If a snow emergency is declared, all vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes until the emergency is lifted.  Snow emergencies are announced on Comcast Cable Channel 965, Verizon Channel 41 and the Township's website -  Street signs are posted on those roads designated as snow emergency routes.  When a snow emergency is declared, it is done with your safety in mind.  To make sure emergency vehicles can reach people in need, snow emergency routes must be cleared of parked cars and vehicles on the roadways need snow tires or chains.  To prevent the need for people to walk in the street, sidewalks need to be shoveled quickly.

Please do not shovel or dump snow and ice onto adjoining properties or streets and, again, try to clear paths around your property as soon as possible after snowfall. Property owners can be fined if these guidelines are not followed.
Commercial Property

Commercial property owners should have a path cleared that is at least four feet wide by the end of the first business day after the day snow and ice has stopped falling. A business day is considered the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., from Monday through Saturday, except holidays. Icy patches should be treated with salt or sand. Residents must also clear sidewalks and this should be done within 48 hours after snow and ice has stopped falling.

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