Police offer the following tips to increase the effiecny of snow and ice removal operations throughout town.
The Mt. Laurel Police Department is requesting residents help during snow and ice removal operations and ask that residents follow the following suggestions:
• Limit travel during snow storms to trips that are necessary. Once roads have been plowed and salted, the potential for accidents is greatly reduced.
• Park your vehicles in driveways and off the road. For those who must park on the street, try to park on one side of the street only. According to police, parked cars hinder the speed and efficiency of township snow removal operation. Vehicles may only be parked in authorized areas. Vehicles parked in unauthorized areas may be towed.
• Snow plows are designed to remove snow from the roadway to the edge of the road. Police note that it is likely that the plow will leave behind a window of snow in front of driveways. Police remind residents that they are responsible for removing that snow. Additionally, when removing snow from a driveway apron, police ask that resident push it to the right as they look from their driveway to the street. Police say this will further help eliminate the possibility of a driveway being plowed in again. Parking bans are in effect on the designated snow emergency routes below.
• Do not plow snow from driveways and walkways into the road. Police ask residents to pile the snow in their yard. Police remind residents that they are also responsible for their snow removal contractor’s actions.
• Police not that when snow plows are used during snow falls, the initial pass of the snow plow is made to open up the road for traffic flow. The following passes will push the snow to the curb line or road edge. Police say this is necessary in order to allow for the drainage of melting snow into catch basins and to allow more space to plow future snow accumulations.
• To avoid salt hitting a vehicle while driving, police ask drivers to move away from the center of the road when they see a salt truck approaching from the opposite direction. Police note that salt trucks are designed to deposit more salt near the center of the road as the salt works its way to the road edge as traffic runs over it. Residents are asked to try to stay back approximately 200 feet from the rear of a truck while its deploying the material.
• Residents are asked to remove portable basketball hoops and trailers from the street and place it on their property .
• When calling the Public Works Department, residents are asked to keep messages simple and direct. Residents should state their name, phone number, the problems they are calling about and the location.
• Keep sidewalks storm drains, mail boxes and nearby fire hydrants clear if located near one’s house. Residents are asked to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after a snow and ice event.
Below is a list of our snow emergency routes where parking is prohibited during snow fall. Thanks for your cooperation.
Apple Lane — entire length
Briarwood Road — entire length
Cambridge Drive — entire length
Cornwallis Drive — entire length
Countryside Lane — entire length
Glenbrook Boulevard — entire length
Glenbrook Drive — entire length
Norwood Road — entire length
Ramblewood Parkway — entire length
Rancocas Boulevard — Timberline Drive — entire length
Schoolhouse Lane From Apple Lane to Countryside Lane