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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Snow Removal Tips

Snow Removal

  • When removing snow from your driveway, do not shove, push, or blow it onto the public roadway, (State Statute 605 ILCS 5/9-126) as this will create a slippery and hazardous surface when traffic passes over it. Also, don’t push it to the other side of the road, as this would create a narrower area in the roadway. Vehicles approaching from the opposite direction may find it difficult to pass safely. 
  • When piling snow at your driveway entrance, make low mounds so the roadway is clearly visible in both directions so children cannot hide behind them. If they hide behind a pile of snow the snowplow driver may not see them. 
  • Clear an area in front of your mailbox so they can easily approach. 
  • If there is a fire hydrant on your property, shovel a path to and around it from the roadway.
  • Don’t put garbage receptacles on or near the road when plows will be coming by, if the driver doesn’t see it, your garbage will cover the whole street. Vernon Township is not responsible for garbage receptacles that are left in the road
  • To prevent damage to vehicles and snowplows, please remove all decorative rocks, logs, or other objects at least 6 ft from the paved edge of the road. 
  • When clearing your driveway of snow and ice, be sure not to push, shovel, or blow snow or ice onto the roadway. This is especially important after the roadway has already been cleared.
  • According to the Illinois Compiled Statutes of the Road and Bridge Laws of Illinois, no person shall plow or remove ice or snow from a driveway or parking lot and deposit such ice and snow upon a public highway or along the shoulder or edge of a public highway

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