WINTER CALLOUTS

Snow removal averages between 1 and 1.5 miles per hour to plow. Back to back snow events and excessive accumulation can slow the process down further. The RSA has five regions; central, east, north, south and west. Each region is divided in to operational units. Each unit has between 20 and 37 miles of maintained roads. Contracts require one motor grader and sander for every operational unit.

Contractors are instructed to alternate thier starting location when possible.

Callouts for winter maintenance require continuous monitoring of weather conditions.

In order to manage the operational budget and standardize services through the Borough, the RSA attempts to plow when snow depth reach 6-inches. This number will vary due to weight of snow, upcoming weather conditions, drifting, etc.

Due to high operational cost of applying sand, generally sand is used only on steep hills, approaches, curves, and intersections.

During severe winter rain events, serration and sanding are not effective until the rain subsides. This can delay maintenance response time.

BERMS

In the majority of operational units, a snow gate is required on all motorgraders to minimize snow berms left in private driveways.  Snow gates are not used if a driveway remains unplowed during the winter.  

SNOW PLOWING FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY

It is illegal to plow snow in to the roads, ditches and right-of-ways from private property. Illegal plowing can cause damage to snow removal equipment, creates safety hazards due to obstructing visibility and incurs extra cost by taxpayers. In addition, residents are reminded to inform children of the danger of playing in snow piles and berms near roadways. Operators of heavy equipment used in snow removal may have difficulty seeing children.