Carneys Point Township Winter Weather Information
Carneys Point Township strives to provide effective and efficient snow and ice removal to allow motorists to travel safely within the Township during winter weather events. Each event is unique, and the snow and ice control operation changes depending on several factors including but not limited to the amount, type and intensity of precipitation forecasted. Motorists should always use caution and drive appropriately for the road conditions. The Township request residents minimize travel during a winter weather event and only venture out when absolutely necessary as this will assist the Public Works Department staff with their operations. Also, please keep in mind that while we would like to insure that the roads are cleared quickly, we must also look out for the safety of our employees.
Snow and Ice Control
In response to most winter weather events, the streets and roads my be treated with salt. If conditions and accumulations warrant, the Township switches to plowing operations.
Primary Streets and Roadways
During a winter weather event, particularly during the height of the storm, the Public Works Department makes every effort to maintain passage of primary streets and roads that link to the County and State Highway system. Once the storm subsides these roads are cleared of snow and ice as soon as possible, and operations continue after the end of the storm. Secondary streets and roadways will not be cleared until primary roads have been completed. Dead end streets, cul-de-sacs and courts are considered secondary streets or roadways.
Placing Snow on Streets
The Township prohibits anyone from shoveling, blowing or plowing snow from private property onto sidewalks, streets, roadways, and on any fire hydrants of the Township.
If off-street parking is available to property owners, the Township asks that vehicles be parked in such locations. This will allow crews to more efficiently and effectively clear the streets and roads without concern for vehicles that may be in the right of way and can be a significant hazard to drivers. This will also prevent vehicles from being plowed in. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Mailboxes, Fire Hydrants, Irrigation, Landscaping, etc.
Curbside mailboxes may become blocked by plowed snow. The US Post Office has a policy regarding access to mailboxes. The US Postal Service does not require all snow to be removed but that enough snow is removed to allow the mail delivery vehicle to drive up to the mailbox for delivery. This is the responsibility of the postal customer. Removing snow around fire hydrants greatly assists the Fire Department. Railroad ties, sprinkler heads, curbing, etc., by the road edge should be marked with reflective markers that are 24″ to 36″ in height so they can be seen by the snow plow driver. The Township is not responsible for damage if area is not properly marked.
Snow Plowed on Sidewalks and Driveways
Snow on Township streets and roads will be plowed to the curb or shoulder, for areas without curbs. Previously cleared sidewalks and driveways may be re-covered with snow. The Public Works Department asks for property owners’ cooperation in removing snow should this occur. Cleared sidewalks provide a safe walkway for pedestrians, including school children walking to school and bus stops throughout the Township.
Our Public Works Department is working hard to make driving safer and easier in snowy weather. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, the Township trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it will accumulate in driveways. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowners responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make “snow” business less frustrating:
1) Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.
2) If possible, wait until the township trucks have made at least two passes on your street before clearing your driveway.
3) Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb or edge of your yard, not into the street.
4) In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors’.
The Township cannot address individual requests to be plowed out due to occupational preference as this is inefficient and ineffective. Arrangements should be made in advance with your employer.
Good Neighbor Policy
Many people require assistance following a snowstorm. The elderly and disabled often need help in removing snow from their sidewalks and driveways. Many organizations are looking for volunteers to assist those in need during and after snow events. Please look out for each other.