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Public Works Winter Weather Tips
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With the arrival of winter weather, the Cheltenham Township Public Works Department requests residents’ patience and cooperation.
As plows push snow along the edge of roadways, it is often pushed into driveways and sidewalks. Please remember that the Township’s public safety obligation is to clear community streets as efficiently and effectively as possible.
     The following reminders and tips will help the entire community successfully navigate winter weather’s worst:
• All sidewalks – residential and commercial – must be cleared within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling, in accordance with a Township Ordinance. The cleared pathway must be at least 2 feet wide and thoroughly cleared of snow and ice or other obstructions. Also, a pathway of not less than 2 feet shall be cleared to the street. Finally, handicapped access ramps must also be cleared to a minimum of passage of 2 feet.
      Snow may not be piled into the street or on fire hydrants. In fact, the Fire Department urges residents to clear any fire hydrant near them of snow and ice to help firefighters quickly locate them in the event of an emergency.
      If the snow and/or ice on the sidewalk cannot be removed without damaging the pavement, sand, salt or other suitable abrasive material must be spread on the sidewalk. As soon as the weather permits (but no later than 48 hours thereafter), the abrasive material as well as all ice and snow must be removed from the sidewalks. Violators are subject to fines.
• As soon as snow or freezing rain starts to fall, Public Works crews begin to salt primary highways. Motorists should try to stay on these main thoroughfares. Plowing begins after 2 to 3 inches accumulates. Motorists should stay well behind plows and salt trucks to give them ample room to operate. After primary routes are clear, plowing begins on secondary streets.
• Parked cars must be removed from Snow Emergency Routes whenever forecasts predict ice storms or snow accumulations over 2 inches. In addition, during snow emergencies, only vehicles with all-season/snow tires or chains are permitted to travel on Snow Emergency Routes.
• Residents are urged to park their cars in their driveways during inclement weather, so snow removal crews can plow curb-to-curb, clearing the widest possible path for traffic. Residents who must park in the street can avoid congestion and potential accidents by not parking opposite other cars or driveways.
• During snowstorms, residents should check radio or television broadcasts for the latest alerts about the weather conditions. Community weather alerts will be posted on the Cheltenham Township website, cable access channels 42 (Comcast) and 1960 (Verizon), Facebook page, and emailed via the Township’s E-Notifications. People interested in receiving township email alerts can sign up for E-Notifications via the township website. They may also sign up to receive all types of emergency notifications via


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