Please remember that proper plowing operations cannot prevent the redeposit of snow in driveway areas. To reduce the amount of snow plowed back into your driveway, shovel the driveway snow to the left (facing the property).
Snow Clearing Information
Street safety is the primary concern during the winter months.
The Highway Department treats the pavement and removes snow whenever road conditions call for these services.
Residents should remember that all snow removal operations are performed under emergency conditions.
Our drivers work extended hours to ensure safe and effective snow removal.
Please help the Highway Department by following the snow reminders listed below:
- There are 120 road miles to maintain. Each road requires at least four passes for the plow, adding up to more than 480 travel miles to plow.
- The Highway Department is responsible for clearing Fire Stations, the Police Station, Town Hall, Community Center, municipal parking lots, Town boat launch and the emergency dispatch center.
- Roads within the Town are prioritized and treated and plowed in the following order: 1) Primary Town roads 2) Secondary Town roads 3) Town subdivision roads 4) Cul-de-sacs.
- State roads, Route 1, 156 and 161 are plowed/maintained by the State DOT
- Please remember that proper plowing operations CANNOT prevent the redeposit of snow in driveway areas. To reduce the amount of snow plowed back into your driveway, shovel the driveway snow to the left (facing the property).
- Please move all vehicles out of the roadway during any major snowstorm. A major storm can be defined by accumulation of 4 or more inches.
- The Town of East Lyme is not responsible for snow accumulated around the property owners’ mailbox. Homeowners must remove the snow accumulated around their mailbox.
- Please place your garbage cans on your property and NOT in the street. Objects in the street are the biggest deterrent to efficient plowing operations. Please hold garbage and recycling until the following week and do not put out to the curb if at all possible, as the drivers of those trucks also are also the drivers of the plowing trucks.
- Never pass a snowplow or salt truck.
- Never assume the snowplow drivers can see you. Stay at least three (3) car lengths or 25 feet behind the truck. If you cannot see the driver in his mirrors then he cannot see you either.
- If you use a snowblower to clear your driveway, do not blow the snow into the street.