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NYSDOT reminder: Don't plow snow into roads

by jmaloni

Press release

Mon, Feb 23rd 2015 12:35 pm

The New York State Department of Transportation reminds property owners that, during the winter months, snow and ice should not be pushed into the road or piled on or along highways. This action is potentially hazardous for pedestrians and motorists, and is against state law.

"We understand the difficulties property owners face when removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks," NYSDOT Regional Director Steven G. Kokkoris said. "Our first priority is safety and we must work together with the public to ensure that, when snow and ice is removed from the roads, they continue to be clear and safe."

When plowing or shoveling driveways and sidewalks, it is important not to push snow and ice into the roadway. Snow and ice left on or along the highway creates unsafe driving conditions and other safety concerns, including limited sight distance for motorists and pedestrians, the risk of collisions and drainage concerns.

Winter snow storage along pedestrian routes poses particular safety issues. Piling snow along sidewalks, "bump-outs" or other streetside appurtenances results in poor visibility and increases the risk of pedestrians emerging from behind snowbanks and being hit by vehicles.

New York state law prohibits property owners from placing snow in the roads. Additionally, failure to remove snow and ice pushed or dumped into the road from private property could result in accidents the property owner may be liable for.

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