When winter weather hits, the Roads Division of Cecil County Department of Public Works jumps to action to do everything possible to keep more than 604 miles of County roadways passable and safe to drive on. We are constantly aware of changing weather and road conditions and act as quickly and as efficiently as possible to get our roads cleared.
Always remember that your safety is our biggest concern, so if possible do not drive during a winter weather event!
Some tips and things to know that will assist our maintenance crews in the snow removal process:
- All County roads are designated Snow Emergency Routes.
- Our first priority is to spread material and/or plow main roads, bridges, steep hills, severe curves and intersections. Local roads in subdivisions, dead ends and cul-de-sacs will have material spread and/or be plowed after priority routes have been completed. Please be patient!
- If you have a driveway, USE IT! When possible, park your vehicles in your driveway and NOT on the road. Less cars on the street, means our plows can move through the area more easily and with a lesser risk of collision.
- When clearing your driveway, move the snow to the right side of the driveway (from your driveway, facing the street). This lessens the amount of snow that is pushed into your driveway when the plows pass through.
- If you do not have a driveway or access to off street parking, encourage your neighbors to assist in snow removal by parking on the same side of the street before the storm hits. This gives our trucks and plows more room to do their job.
- Do NOT throw snow into the roadway! Snow thrown back into the roadway is dangerous and may cause additional delays in the snow removal process.
If a mailbox, mailbox post or associated item is damaged as a result of the weight or impact of snow and ice being moved by a County snowplow, but there has been no physical contact with the mailbox, post or associated item by a piece of County equipment, the County will NOT assume responsibility for the cost of repair or replacement of the mailbox. Ornamental or decorative mailboxes in the County right-of-way are maintained at the homeowners' risk. The County will not replace or pay for damage to non-standard mailboxes. Installation costs that the homeowner chooses to incur will not be reimbursed.