Brandon Erwin from Price uses his four wheeler to take the snow off of friends and family driveways and sidewalks. In particular, he helps the elderly and disabled clear their walks after a storm which is the neighborly thing to do.
Some government entities that are responsible for removing snow from highways and public roads are reminding residents this week that snow from private property should be stored on private property and not pushed out on public streets.
The Utah Department of Transportation encourages business and homeowners to use on-site snow storage areas to improve traveler safety on state roads.
In the face of approaching winter storms, UDOT warns that snow being pushed from driveways and parking lots onto state roads and highways causes a severe safety hazard to motorists. It is also an illegal practice (Utah Code 72-7-102).
UDOT asks that local business owners, homeowners, and private property owners place the snow from their own driveways and parking lots onto areas within their own property limits.
Likewise, UDOT snow removal practices include a concerted effort to keep the snow that falls on state roads within designated storage areas.
In a similar request Price City has also issued an FYI for residents within the limits of their town about pushing snow into streets.
They are asking that when people push or blow snow from parking lots and sidewalks that they leave on the lot from which it came.
"Snow from parking lots is often pushed into the streets,"said a memo from the city. "Sometimes after the roads are plowed city and state crews are unaware of it and it if left unchecked it will create a severe safety hazard to traveling motorists."
The city also pointed out that all businesses, residential properties and owners of vacant lots are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks that are adjacent to their property.
"Common sense suggests that if the sidewalks in for of properties are vacant or occupied by the elderly or disabled persons, it should be the neighborly practice to shovel snow for them and to keep the pedestrian pathways open and safe," stated the memo.
The city also wanted to remind residents that vehicles should not be parked on the street once snow begins to fall to make it easier for snowplow crews to remove it. This is because the city wants to have as clear of streets as possible and that in some areas the streets are constricted and the snow will need to be stored on the sides of the road. In some cases the city will eventually haul the snow away, but that could take several days.
Both the city and the state say that with the cooperation of private property owners, plow operators can work more efficiently to provide safer driving conditions for all road traffic.