Snow Plowing Tips

Public Works

Jerry Thorne, Public Works Dept. Manager
Phone (609) 395-0900 x222

Linda M. Scott, Public Works Office
Phone (609) 395-0900 x229

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
DPW Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Snow Plowing Tips - The following are some tips and facts to help you better understand the snow removal process:

  • HOW TO SHOVEL A DRIVEWAY APRON: When shoveling, pile the majority of the snow to the left of your driveway, as when facing your house. This helps when the snowplows come by…there is less snow to be plowed in front of your driveway. The shoveling of snow into the road is not permitted. The snow plows will only push the snow back into your driveway or perhaps your neighbors drive.
  • BLOCKED DRIVEWAYS AND MAILBOXES: Remember, the Township does not plow out driveways or dig out mailboxes. Despite popular opinion, crews do not place snow in driveways on purpose.
  • WHEN DOES PLOWING START? Snowplows typically start the plowing process after 1 to 2 inches of snow has fallen.
  • HOW DOES SALT WORK? Salt is usually applied prior to plowing to help make snow removals more efficient. After the salt is applied, cars work the salt into the snow to make the salt do its job. Slush created by the salt and traffic can then be pushed off of the roadways. Once solid ice mats are formed it is difficult to remove them with a plow blade. Salt is also applied after plowing to improve driving conditions.
  • WHY CAN’T I LEAVE MY CAR IN THE STREET? By removing your car from the street, plowing can be done efficiently and prevents the car from being plowed in. It also protects the car from being splashed with slush and salt.
  • WHAT ABOUT PORTABLE BASKETBALL HOOPS OR OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY? Just like cars, all personal property should be removed from the street. If they are left in the street they can be damaged by the snow plows.