LOGAN, W.Va. — Winter weather can make travel difficult and treacherous for motorists and pedestrians. Michael Gillum, Logan County Highway Supervisor, says there are things property owners can do to help keep the roads safer.
“Our road crews are ready with equipment and materials to help control snow and ice,” Gillum said in a press release. “Sometimes narrow roads and streets, parked cars, and mailboxes present challenges for our crews.”
Gillum says property owners face their own challenges in trying to keep sidewalks and driveways clear.
“With a little cooperation from everyone, we can keep both vehicular and pedestrian traffic moving safely and minimize disruption for all concerned,” Gillum said.
Tips Gillum provided for property owners include:
• Don’t push snow out onto roads or streets at anytime. Putting snow from driveways and walks into the street creates a hazardous driving condition.
• Where possible, eliminate snow piles at the driveway entrance. High snow piles block the view of both motorists exiting the driveway and approaching motorists on the street.
• Helpful hint: When shoveling driveways, clear an area or “notch” (see attached drawing), at the end of the driveway, a few feet in the direction from which the snow plow will be coming. This clear area allows much of the snow on the plow to “unload” before reaching the driveway and reduces the amount of snow pushed back into the driveway.
• By depositing your shoveled snow away from the direction of the plow, this will prevent the bulk of snow from being pushed back into the driveway.
“Our snow plow operators work very hard at keeping roadways clear,” Gillum said. “Following these guidelines will be beneficial to both you and the roadway agency.”