Snow is plowed to the sides and away from the driving and parking lanes along an identified route. This process inevitably creates windrows or piles of snow along the side of the road. While Town crews do their best with special equipment attachments to minimize heights of windrows along the sides of the road, windrows can be problematic for driveways adjacent to a snow cleared route. Windrows are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to push to the sides of the driveway.
On Priority 3 routes you may see Town equipment “flat-blading”, flattening the snow to a hard pack, so it is easier to drive on. Sometimes, this results in windrows, which many Okotokians have questions about.
What is a windrow?
Crews must maintain the driving lane on primary and secondary routes to a safe, reasonable winter driving condition. Crews do this by “flat-blading,” so it is easier to drive on. Flat-blading causes a build-up of snow along the side of a roadway, also known a windrow. While this is good for motorists, the snow left over after crews have flat-bladed can create some extra work for property owners.
There is a windrow in front of my driveway. Who is responsible for clearing it?
The clearing of windrows in front of driveways left by snow plowing equipment is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, much like sidewalk shovelling. Plow operators make every attempt to keep windrows as small as possible, but any spillage that does occur is the responsibility of the property owner.