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Snow is On the Way -- Do You Know Fairfield's Plow Policy?

This weekend's forecast calls for 7 to 11 inches in Fairfield by Saturday morning. Keep this plow policy in mind.

Friday's forecast calls for a 7 to 11 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The Department of Public Works has posted its snow plowing policy on the town's website for those interested in preparing for this weekend's major snowstorm potential.

A quick summary:

There are 273 miles of road in Fairfield. It can cost up to $4,000 per hour to plow, so the department must use its resources wisely with residents' cooperation to minimize costs. DPW, similar to the State Department of Transportation, applies only salt. More information:

  • Plow Routes: Streets are plowed and salted according to priority. Main road, steep hills, and difficult intersections are done first, followed by side streets and dead-end streets.
  • Blocked Driveways: All snowplows are angled to the driver's right so when going by they may push snow in front of your driveway. Avoid extra shoveling by waiting until DPW crews have finished their final cleanup on your street.
  • Sidewalks: Per town ordinance, residents are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks along their property within 24 hours following a storm.
  • Mailbox Damage: The town will repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by a plow blade; the town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow.
  • Street Parking: If possible, residents should park in their driveways instead of on the roads during a storm. This lessens the likelihood of damage to vehicles and allows the plows to better clean the entire width of the street.
  • Private Plowing: Fairfield prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto on to town streets.

Any resident who feels he or she has a legitimate plowing complaint should contact the DPW garage at 203-256-3177.

Fairfield Old Timer January 26, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Does anyone know how the "Sidewalks" portion of this policy works? I often walk to the Train Station to get a train to work and many times, days after a significant snow storm, the sidewalks on my walking route in front of some homes are still covered with deep snow and / or a slick layer of ice. This forces us walkers to walk in the busy streets and expose ourselves to being hit by a vehicle. I would love to know if anyone knows how the Town deals with this issue enforcement wise. Thanks.
TJC February 07, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Just carry a shovel with you and help out, FOT! Pay it forward, man!
Jim Eastwood February 07, 2013 at 06:50 PM
To All Now that the "Office Pools" are over with concerning the Superbowl, I am statrting a New ONE !!!!! "Which Town Building will suffer Major Damage???? during this Storm ?????" Place your bets !!!!! Have a Great Day and Enjoy !!!!!
TJC February 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I am doubling-down on FLHS and more roof damage.
Restaurant Snob February 07, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Snow shoes would make it a piece of cake.
Jim Eastwood February 08, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Good Morning Hey TJC that seems to be a sure bet So Far it's 3 for FLHS 2 for the Penfield pavilion Any Takers ?????? Stay Safe you all !!!

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