Snow & Ice Operation
Duties & Responsibilities
The Highway / Forestry Division is responsible for the removal of snow from Town streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. Snow operations include salting, sanding, and plowing. Post-storm operations may include scraping, pushing back, and hauling and removing snow piles. The Highway/Forestry Division Supervisor oversees the entire Department of Public Works operations staff as well as private contractors performing snow removal activities. Approximately 65% of snow removal effort is performed by private contractors. When snow removal operations occur outside of regular work time, Department of Public Works employees are paid on an overtime basis; contractors are paid on an hourly flat rate.
Tewksbury averages approximately 56 inches of snow per year. On an average snowfall of three to six inches, it takes approximately six hours to clear the Town's streets after the snow has stopped. Post-storm activities address sanding and salting, drifting, sidewalk cleanup, shoveling crosswalks in proximity to schools, and addressing requests.
No persons other than an employee in the service of the Town or an employee in the service of an independent contractor acting for the Town shall place or cause to be placed any obstruction which include, but not be limited to, the depositing of snow, ice, or the pumping of water on any traveled public way or sidewalk so as to impede the flow of traffic; or hinder the snow plowing operation on such public way; or deposit snow near or on any fire hydrant so as to obstruct the access to the fire hydrant; or allow the same to remain there without first obtaining the consent in writing of the Superintendent of Public Works.
The Tewksbury Department of Public Works is pleased to issue "A Resident's Guide to Winter Snow & Ice Operations and Procedures". The intent of this pamphlet is to advise Tewksbury residents of the Highway/Forestry Division's winter snow plowing and anti-icing / de-icing objectives and to obtain your assistance so that Tewksbury's roads can be restored to "normal conditions" as promptly and efficiently as possible after a storm.