ConnDOT: Donít Plow Driveway Snow Onto State Hwys
Winter Driving


Donít Plow Driveway Snow Onto State Highways

Even though snow can pile up on your driveway, the state highway is no place to put it. In fact, itís against the law to put any object onto state highway right of way, including snow.

Shoveling or plowing snow onto the road or the shoulder creates a hazard to other highway users, and to CTDOTís snow plow operators. The chunks of snow and ice create an uneven road surface that can take drivers by surprise. The added burden of removing this additional snow increases CTDOTís snow removal costs. Snow plows do build berms at the end of driveways, so the CTDOT asks property owners to help out by shoveling that snow to the side, rather than back into the road.

Having to clear the end of your driveway after the plow passes can be frustrating, but with hundreds of driveways along state highways, CTDOT crews canít clear every one. When weíre faced with winter conditions, our first priority is keeping the roads as clear as possible. Once the storm is past, weíll keep coming back until the roadway is cleared of snow. Property owners can expect to shovel their driveways several times, but donít put it in the highway."

People who persist in plowing snow across the road could be cited under Connecticut law.


Content Last Modified on 10/20/2015 11:58:25 AM