WATERTOWN — As winter weather approaches, the Watertown Department of Public Works reminds  residents of Watertown and Oakville of town snow plow operations, policies and expectations.

No vehicles are permitted to park on streets between December 1 and April 1, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. 

Vehicles are not allowed to park on streets during declared snow emergencies and parking bans.

The Highway Division is responsible to clear and maintain approximately 135 miles of road. The town utilizes 15 plows routes to accomplish this. 

On average, it takes snowplow operators about 4 hours to go through their routes during the storms.

After the precipitation stops and depending on accumulations, it can take 4 to 8 hours to go through and widen out the roads and clear intersections. 

During snow operations, berms of snow may be left in front of homes, driveways and sidewalks. 

While this is unintentional, it is necessary to keep all of roads wide enough for all vehicles, school buses and emergency response apparatus.

It is necessary to keep storm drains open and accessible to ensure proper drainage and avoid icy conditions. Whenever possible, residents may want to wait to clear their driveways until after snowplows have made a final pass, to avoid having to duplicate efforts.

The town’s mailbox policy does provide for repairs and replacements for damage up to $75. 

The policy is intended for mailboxes that are damaged as a result of direct contact by the snow plow. 

The department is not responsible for mailboxes that are installed improperly or fall as a result snow or ice that gets thrown off the edge of plows. Damage to trees, shrubs and other landscaping planted in the town’s right of way are not covered.

Limited amounts of a sand and salt mixture are available for residents outside the Highway Garage located at 91 Burton St., the Watertown Senior Center on Falls Avenue, the Maintenance Facility on Route 6, and at Mosgrove Field, on Davis Street. This material is intended for residential use by homeowners only. Residents are requested to limit themselves to two 5-gallon buckets at a time.

Those seeking more information may contact the Public Works Department at 860-945-5240. 

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