When Shrewsbury has a winter storm, the Town's goal is to keep the streets cleared and safe. For our crews to accomplish this goal effectively and efficiently, community cooperation is required. Residents are discouraged from parking on the street during any snowstorm and are encouraged to plan ahead for alternative off-street parking.
The Highway Division is responsible for removing snow and ice from approximately 154 miles of Town-owned roadways, eleven (11) Town-owned parking lots, Mt. View Cemetery, and Dean Park. We also remove snow from approximately twenty-five (25) miles of predesignated sidewalks in close proximity to schools and business districts. There are roughly thirteen (13) miles of private streets that the Highway Division clears snow and ice from to maintain travel for emergency purposes.
A typical event starts with anti-icing. This process begins in advance of precipitation falling to prevent the bonding of snow or ice to the paved surfaces. This process is designated by the Highway Division Manager or as soon as conditions warrant.
Plowing procedures depend on the type and length of the storm, and the conditions expected after the storm.
- Plowing commences when there is a plowable amount.
- This operation may be facilitated early on by the salt spreading trucks utilizing the under-body scrapers while applying material prior to calling a full plowing operation.
As the precipitation is winding down, the crews continue to clear the roads to the full width and clear intersections.
- Town-owned parking lots are plowed and sidewalk clearing occurs.
- The Town plows approximately 25 miles of designated sidewalks around schools and business districts.
- Limited resources often delay sidewalk plowing until well after the storm has ended. Every effort is made to have the sidewalk route cleared as soon as possible.
- All roads and parking lots are treated to achieve clear roads and a safe driving surface. Treating of these areas is completed by eight (8) truck on eight (8) assigned routes.
- Roads continue to be monitored and treated as necessary.
- Plows are fixed and angled to the right so when plowing, snow may end up on the driveway you just shoveled.
- Clearing driveway openings is the responsibility of the property owner so you may wish to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm and plowing operations have ended.
- Shoveling, plowing, or snow blowing the snow back into the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks is prohibited by Town Bylaws.
- Plowing operations will typically continue past the point that snowfall ends.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes but plow blades cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway.