Snow Plowing Policy

Street Department Plowing Policy

There are 360 lane miles of streets in Torrington. Snow removal can cost up to $4,000.00 per hour therefore it is important for the Street Department to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residences to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead end streets. Residences are reminded that a city wide Parking Ban runs from November 1st  to April 1st between the hours of Midnight to Seven A.M.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way - to the drivers right - and when going by they will push the snow in front of a driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his driveway. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until Street Department crews have done their final clean up on the street.

Sidewalks: Per Town ordinance, Torrington property owners are responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice. Heavily used sidewalks near schools and along state highways are particularly important.

Mailbox Damage: The City Of Torrington repairs or replaces only mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by a plow blade. Usually a paint mark or truck tire tracks supply evidence of a mailbox strike. The City Of Torrington does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal, including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside.

Private Plowing: The City Of Torrington prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto city streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the city’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow onto the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe. This may not necessarily mean bare pavement but certainly it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call The Street Department at 489-2352.