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Public Works - Highway Division

Snow Policy Brochure (1/2016, PDF 678 KB)

Help Us Help You: General Guidelines 

  • Park cars, when possible, in a driveway or garage
  • Remember to park on the odd side of the street in odd years and the even side in even years
  • Please do not park in a cul-de-sac
  • No parking on Snow Emergency Routes
  • Please do not move snow off of your property and place snow in the street
  • Clear sidewalks within 24 hours of snow accumulation

Snow emergency routes are identified by red & white signs. Click here for a list of snow emergency routes, or please call the Public Works Department at 610-645-6150.

Vehicles on designated snow emergency routes must be equipped with chains or snow tires. You are also reminded that during a snow emergency, no parking is allowed in the circular portion of a cul-de-sac. Residents are reminded to park on the even sides of the street in 2016. If you have a driveway, please park there.

Plowing Snow: Please remember it will take approximately 18 hours to plow all the township streets after the accumulation of snow stops. If you have any questions regarding the plowing operations please call: 610-726-7127.

The saving of a parking space by the placement of chairs, trash cans, etc. is not permitted on a public street.  When a “Snow Emergency” has been declared by the Township Manager or his designee, it will be announced on the Township's Facebook page, on the Township Twitter feed, via the Township's Blackboard Connect call-out system, on LMTV (channels 7 [Comcast] & 37 [Verizon] and online at lmtv.viebit.com), and the local media TV and radio.

If there is a sidewalk on your property you must clear at least a 36 inch path for safe passage of pedestrians. Residents and business owners are reminded that, by ordinance, all private sidewalks are to be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowfall.  Residents & contractors are reminded that it is illegal to deposit snow into the public roads.  All snow shoveled and plowed must be retained on your property.

We are asking as many residents as possible to adopt a storm sewer inlet.  It is very important that snow be removed from the blocked storm sewer inlets to reduce the risk of flooding during periods of rain following a snow event.

Adopt a Fire Hydrant: Lower Merion Fire Department asks you to adopt a fire hydrant during a snow emergency.  Help keep hydrants available for emergencies by locating & shoveling out the hydrants on your street.

If you have an emergency situation requiring police, fire or medical personnel please call 9-1-1.

Thank your for your patience during the process of snow removal.  In the event of a problem or if you have questions, contact 610-726-7127.

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