Snow Removal

Snow Plowing and Salting Operations
Salting of the roads is initiated with the onset of hazardous and inclement weather. This is done on a priority basis depending on traffic volume and safety considerations. 

Plowing operations are initiated after X to Y inches of snow have fallen or as conditions warrant. Depending on weather conditions and information from the local weather forecasting service, snow and ice removal operations may begin sooner. The Department of Public Works strives to respond with salting and plowing as needed before the roads become slippery for vehicle travel
Snow Removal
May I push snow from my driveway into the street?

No, this is a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 1219, which could result in a ticket and fine.

It also creates hazardous road conditions for drivers.

Why does the plow push snow into my driveway?

The City is responsible for clearing streets of snow and ice to allow for emergency access, vehicular traffic, and daytime parking.  The City clears the street from curb to curb to ensure that emergency vehicles and all traffic can move safely. As the City trucks pass driveways, some snow rolls off the edge of the side-discharge plow and into the driveway, particularly if the driveway has already been cleared. 

There are ways for you to minimize this problem. 

When shoveling out the portion of your driveway closest to the street, push the snow to the right (as you face the street) so that it will be “downstream” when the plow comes by.  Please be aware that in a very heavy snow or during storms where snow continues to fall, plows may make as many as three or four passes to clear the roadways.

When you do shovel, push snow to the right side of the driveway to keep it from being pushed back into the area just cleared.

What are the rules for street parking in the winter? Overnight?
Please call Traffic Engineering at 716-286-4853
My mailbox was knocked down by City snowplows, who fixes it?
Please submit an issue to 311 by calling 716-286-4311 / 311 or by click here.
My yard was damaged by City snowplows, who will repair it?
Please submit an issue to 311 by calling 716-286-4311 / 311 or by click here.