Snow and Ice Operations

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The Town of Perinton is responsible for snow and ice control on 456 lane miles of Town, County, and State roads within Perinton (with the exception of Interstate 490).  The Perinton Highway Department patrols local roadways 24-hours a day during the winter season and is ready to dispatch the necessary staff and equipment to respond to changing winter conditions.  The following information provides some insight into our winter operations and offers helpful tips to the traveling public during this winter season.

Highway and Road Salting — Our Highway Department follows the “Sensible Salting Guidelines” established by the County of Monroe, in conjunction with the Environmental Management Council. This policy requires us to use only enough salt to make our highways safe for motorists, but requires you to reduce your driving speed according to conditions.

Plowing — The Town of Perinton maintains 22 plow routes. It may take three to four hours to complete a typical plow route. Accumulations will occur during this time, we ask that residents please be patient.

Roads within Town are prioritized and treated and plowed in the following order: Primary (main-line roads), Secondary roads, Town subdivision roads & cul-de-sacs

Please remember that the Town is not responsible for removing the windrow created by plowing past your driveway, and is not responsible for the snow that accumulates around your mailbox.

All snow plows angle the same way, to the drivers’ right, and plowing snow will get pushed into the ends of the driveways. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until the Town crews have gone by and/or have done their final clean-up on the street.

Objects in the street are the biggest deterrent to efficient plowing operations. Remove all basketball backboards and other items from the Town right-of-way. Please do not place garbage cans and recycling containers in the street.

Be aware snowplows will on occasion backup at intersections.

Never pass a snowplow.

Never assume the snowplow drivers can see you. Stay at least three (3) car lengths behind the truck. If you cannot see the driver in his mirrors, he cannot see you either.

Consider shoveling around any fire hydrant in your neighborhood to clear it of snow.

The Town will place snow markers at critical locations. Please feel free to add additional markers as necessary.

Driveway Clearing — Driveway maintenance is the property owner’s responsibility. When clearing your driveway of snow, please keep it on your own property. Any snow pushed, blown or plowed onto any street is a ticketable offense under both NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law and NYS Penal Law. If your driveway is plowed by a private contractor, both you (as the property owner) and the plow operator may be ticketed. Snow should be pushed to the left side of your driveway (as you are facing your house) so that when Town snowplows go past your house, it will minimize the amount of snow going back into your driveway.

Mailboxes — It is the Town's policy to either repair mailboxes that are damaged by Town trucks during snow plowing operations or replace them entirely with a new mailbox and post.  There is no legal authority that grants a property owner the right to place a mailbox along a public right-of-way. However, our policy of repairing or replacing damaged mailboxes reflects a long-standing courtesy the Town offers to our residents.  We use standard, black metal mailboxes and wooden posts as needed.  Residents with decorative boxes/posts should consider temporarily switching them out with less decorative mailboxes and posts prior to the winter months, as we will not replace them in-kind in the event they're damaged by our snow and ice control operations. 

Winter Parking — In order to facilitate snow removal and to eliminate potential hazards, the parking of vehicles on all highways, shoulders, or within three feet of the pavement within the Town, is prohibited November 1 to April 1 between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. Vehicles in violation of this ordinance are subject to a parking ticket. Repeat violators or vehicles that prevent plowing of a street will be towed and the vehicle’s owner will be responsible for all towing and storage charges.