Driving During Snow Removal

Tips for Driving During Snow Removal

In order to assist the East Longmeadow Public Works Department during snow removal operations, please adhere to these suggestions:
  • Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. If possible, wait a while to give our crews a chance to treat the roadways.
  • Remove your vehicles from the street. Park in your driveway or yard. During most storms, a parking ban can be called where no parking is allowed on our streets. These bans will be posted on our website and can also be heard about on local television and radio stations.
  • Do not shovel or blow snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the street. If you hire a plowing service, advise them not to push snow into the street or across the street in front of a neighboring property.
  • Remove snow from around fire hydrants.
  • Clear snow for pedestrian crossings at intersections.
  • When you see a salt truck approaching you from the opposite direction, slow down and move away from the center of the road to avoid having salt hit your vehicle.
  • When following a snow removal vehicle, please keep a safe distance away as trucks may make sudden stops or turns.

Snow Removal Routes & Completion Time

Please remember to be patient. We have over 115 miles of multi-lane roadway to clear of snow and ice, and your street may not be the first street on a route. Our routes have been established over the years and drivers are familiar with your neighborhoods. A central dispatcher is in constant contact with all of our trucks and records when your street has been completed.

Should you have any questions regarding our snow removal policies and practices, please call the Department of Public Works at (413) 525-5400, extension 1200.