In anticipation for the blizzard which is expected tonight, I wanted to send you this e-mail to give you information about the Park Ridge snow plowing operation and also to provide a friendly reminder about your responsibilities to help us with the snow removal process. The present forecast calls for the snow to become heavy overnight ending sometime tomorrow morning. The are predictions that we may get up to 15 inches of snow and heavy winds.
The Park Ridge Public Works Department is ready for this storm and we will be following our typical procedure for snow plowing operations. We have already dispatched our four salter trucks and will continue this throughout the day until the plowing operation becomes necessary (typically when 2 to 3 inches start to accumulate).
For plowing, we divide the town into four zones and use three trucks in each zone. As with salting, the trucks focus on the main roads initially and then the residential streets. While the storm is active, we generally plow the middle section of the roads to keep them passable. Eventually, when the snow stops falling and we have completed making all the streets passable, we plow and clear the roads from one curb to the other. We often get residents complaints about this as many have already shoveled their driveways or sidewalks and then we come back and plow new snow onto the cleaned area. Please understand that this is unavoidable as it is imperative that we clear snow from the roads as far back to the curbs as we can otherwise it can freeze and cause a major problem should a new snowstorm occur.
The following are some tips to help us all get through this storm along with the rest of the winter snow plowing season:
- If at all possible, AVOID DRIVING during a winter storm. One of the greatest difficulties for our snow removal operations is dealing with the other drivers on the road. You also have a much higher risk of getting into a vehicle accident during a snow storm so if you can avoid driving, please do so.
- Do not park your car in the street during a snow storm. If there are cars parked in the road, it makes it extremely difficult for our crew to properly plow the Road. There is a Borough Ordinance (97-22) prohibiting this and you may be subject to a summons if you do not comply.
- Residents may find it less frustrating to wait until the plow trucks have completed the curb-to-curb plowing (at the end of the storm) before cleaning the end of their driveway. Plow trucks are designed to discharge snow to the sides of the road and are not capable of skipping driveway areas.
- If you do shovel the end of your driveway before the last curb-to-curb pass, snow should be thrown to the right side as you're facing the street. This will reduce the amount of snow being placed back into the driveway during the next passes.
- Residents hiring contractors to plow their driveways should remind the contractor that a Borough Ordinance prohibits pushing or placing snow back into or across the street. Doing so not only creates hazards for drivers, but also makes it difficult for the Borough to keep the streets clean.
- Although this will not be a problem for this storm, for future storms if your designated garbage or recycling pickup day coincides with plowing activities, make sure your trash cans and recycling bins are well behind the curb or in the driveway so the plow will not hit them.
- Residents are encouraged to "adopt a fire hydrant" near their home and keep snow shoveled away from it. This will ensure that hydrants are accessible in case of an emergency.
- The Borough of Park Ridge Ordinance 86-1 mandates that it is the duty of all owners or tenants to remove or cause to be removed from the abutting sidewalks all snow or ice within eighteen (18) hours after the snow or ice has accumulated on the sidewalk. It is extremely important to make the sidewalks safe, especially for the children, seniors and the physically challenged community. Park Ridge has always been a community where neighbor helps neighbor and we encourage these efforts.
For more information, please refer the Road Department section of the Park Ridge web site at www.parkridgeboro.com. You can also call Borough Hall at 201-573-1800 if you have any questions. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Director of Operations