With winter weather approaching, the Ticonderoga highway department is asking for help with snow removal.
Ticonderoga With winter weather approaching, the Ticonderoga highway department is asking for help with snow removal.
“People can help us help them,” said Mike Parent, Ti highway superintendent. “Winter weather is a challenge, but we’re as prepared as we can be. Still, we could use some help from the public.”
Parent asked people to:
— remember a town-wide parking ban is in place through April 1. The ban prohibits parking on all town streets and roads from 1 to 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. The town is not responsible for any damage to a vehicle parked in a town right-of-way;
— avoid plowing and shoveling snow from driveways onto sidewalks. In Ticonderoga the town highway department maintains and clears sidewalks; and
— not plow or snowblow snow into the street or road. People who place snow in a road can be ticketed by local police.
“It’s a big job,” Parent said of snow removal.
Ticonderoga’s highway department clears snow from 208 lane miles of roads and streets — 64 town miles, 25 county miles and 15 state miles. It also clears snow from 17 miles of sidewalks.
The department operates seven different snowplows and seven different routes during each storm, Parent explained. Each route takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete, depending on the weather.
Ticonderoga follows the state Department of Transportation “clear road” policy. That means snowplows roll as soon as there is a coating of snow on the road. The goal is to keep roads clear of all snow.
“That’s the goal, but it’s not realistic,” Parent said. “It takes our guys 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete their routes, so by the time a route is done there’s a good chance snow has already come down on the road they just plowed. We do the best we can.”