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When it snows, Town and contracted plow forces mobilize on residential neighborhood streets to keep them passable. Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 2 to 3 inches deep and the temperature indicates there will be no melting. Even after plowing, snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street, and the plows are unable to remove it completely. In this type of situation, a mixture of sand and salt is spread to provide adequate traction.
Crews typically try to hit each road every 2 hours. Please be patient. Streets are plowed according to their priority and reviewed at the end of each season. Town employees work around the clock until all of the Town maintained streets are passable. We use a force of approximately 10 employees, 2 contractors and 10 pieces of snow removal equipment. The Town crews plow most streets within the Town limits, however, there are a few roads that are the responsibility of State and County agencies.
When plowing operation are underway, snow “berms” are created across driveways. The plow operators do not always have control over the windrow of snow coming off the edge of the blade, especially during heavy or large accumulations. The Town crews try to keep this problem to a minimum, but cannot always articulate the blade away from the 2,000 driveways in Town. To minimize the amount of snow across the driveway, shovel out an area — looking at your house to the right side of your driveway — that would allow for the amount of snow that’s on that plow to be discharged in that area before it goes past your driveway.
To ensure efficient snow removal operations, please park all vehicles in your driveways. Vehicles parked on roadways create a hazard during snow events, decrease the effectiveness of the snow removal operations and increase the risk of damage to your vehicle. Furthermore, residents that have basketball hoops or goals in roadways, please remove prior to snowfall.
The Town applauds residents and business owners for clearing sidewalk and assisting their neighbors and customers to weather the storm. Property owners are required by code to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall event. This makes it safe for children to walk to school or the bus stop. Please lend a hand to elderly or disabled neighbors who cannot clear their own sidewalks, porches, and steps.
In addition, we request that residents shovel out fire hydrants that are in, or around, your property
We request that citizens of Poolesville be patient and recognize that during the winter months there is bound to be some inconveniences. Snow operations are labor intensive and equipment does fail on occasion. The Town of Poolesville staff are dedicated to ensuring residents safety during these events.