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Posted on: October 13, 2023

Private Roads Evaluated for Snow & Ice Removal


Annually, Public Works staff inspect and evaluate private roads for compliance with minimum standards to prevent damage to Town equipment during snow and ice removal. If private roads do not meet these requirements for the winter of 2023/2024, snow plowing and sanding services will not be provided.

Minimum Standards:

The travel lane of any road shall be no less than 12 feet wide.

Roadside clearance of any obstacles including vegetation shall be no less than 2 feet either side.

Height clearance shall be no less than 12 feet from the road surface

There must be ample room for emergency vehicles to turn around if the road is a dead end.

Paved or unpaved private roads shall have no defects (potholes or ruts) exceeding 2 inches in depth.

All private ways shall have a visible street sign and be open to the public.

A listing of roads that have failed this year's initial inspection is available on the Highway Division's website. Failed roads will be re-inspected in the first week of December to determine if they have been brought up to these minimum standards in order to receive snow plowing and sanding services this winter.

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