Winter Snow Operations
The following is a general description of how Derry's Department of Public Works plows snow from Town streets.
When a snow storm begins, the DPW responds by treating the roads with salt and/or sand. Salting these roadways serves to keep traffic moving and to prevent snow from bonding to the pavement.
Snow plowing begins when snow accumulates two (2) inches or forecasts indicate that it will. Over 40 Town and private plows can be called out and assigned to plow pre-determined routes. The Town's policy is to plow the full width of the street, curb to curb, during each storm and to push back a minimum of 4 feet beyond to edge of pavement to allow room for future storms.
Once snowfall has stopped and plowing is winding down, salt trucks begin post-storm salting as needed.
WINTER PARKING BAN
By Town Ordinance, a Winter Parking Ban is in effect every November 15th to April 1st between the hours of 12:00 am to 6:00 am on all streets, including Municipal Parking Lots. (Chapter 150 Vehicles and Traffic, Article § 150-9)
While we try to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed into driveways it is unavoidable. Clearing driveway openings is the responsibility of the property owner.
- Plow blades cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway
- Snow will be plowed into driveways as we perform curb-to-curb plowing.
- You may wish to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm and plowing activities have concluded.
- Shoveling, plowing or snow blowing snow back into the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks is prohibited. Violators will be fined.
Sidewalk snow clearance will be conducted as possible during winter storms. Personnel availability and the need to maintain safe roadways will take priority.
The Town provides winter sand to Derry Residents. The pile is located at the Town's Transfer Station in the last bay of Recycling Alley. Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. Residents are asked to please limit themselves to 2 five-gallon pails per visit. Salt is not supplied to residents if there is danger that residents may be hit by equipment in the yard. Please avoid shoveling this mixture directly into the back of your pick-up as this is a sand/salt mixture and may be caustic.