SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP ROAD DEPARTMENT SNOW REMOVAL
To report a street that has been missed by the snow plow operator, please call the following:
During business hours: 419-882-0031, extension 1503
After business hours: Police Dispatcher 419-882-2055
Sylvania Township Road Department’s top priorities in a snowstorm are plowing Township roadways and clearing fire department & police station parking lots, which may require several trips along the same route.
Snow plowed from roadways may end up blocking residential driveways. We recognize the inconvenience, however due to the nature of clearing snow covered roadways; we plow snow to the curb side of the street.
To reduce the amount of snow that might block your driveway, shovel an open area along the shoulder at the entrance (see illustration below). Plow blades will then push snow into the area just before your driveway, leaving a much smaller amount in front it.
Please heed the snow advisories and other warnings issued by the Township, county, or state agencies.
Be sure to buckle up and require your passengers to do the same. Below are a few tips to help you survive a snow emergency:
Prepare your car for winter. Check your car’s antifreeze, oil, battery, defroster, heater, wipers, and washer fluid levels; inspect the tires to be sure there is adequate tread; check air pressure to ensure proper inflation. Use radials or chains during snow emergencies.
Take time to remove all ice and snow from your car, concentrating on the windows, wipers, mirrors and lights. To reduce the chance of snow flying off your vehicle while driving, remove snow and ice from the front grill, hood, and roof. Good visibility is essential for a safe journey. You need to see and be seen by others.
When a snow emergency is declared, make every effort to avoid driving or allow extra time to get where you are going. Keep in mind that when roadways are icy or snow covered, you should never expect to drive as you would during clear weather or on dry road surfaces.
Should your car begin to skid, remember not to panic or slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas pedal and immediately steer in the direction of the skid.
Increase following distance between your vehicle and others on the road, especially snowplows. Packed snow and ice may create a smooth, glass-like surface beneath your tires, making it difficult to control your vehicle.
Remember bridges and ramps freeze first and may be especially difficult to navigate.
Never pass a snowplow or salt truck, especially a plow train! Plow trains are groups of trucks that form a line across the lanes to clear snow. Operators may not see you or your car may get caught on a snow-covered plow edge. In addition, driving will be much easier if you stay at least 25 feet, or three car lengths, behind the snow emergency vehicle.
Do not abandon your vehicle. The safest place to wait for help is in your car. If your car breaks down, move your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible and lift the hood. Try to leave a distress signal, such as a scarf, hanging from the window. Please remember, when you abandon your vehicle, it may be subject to towing, ticketing and/or a fine.
Remember, when shoveling snow from your driveway; create a pile away from the roadway. A good rule is to shovel to the right when facing the street. However, keep in mind that the important thing is not to shovel the snow onto an area that will simply be plowed back onto the driveway when the state, county or Township snowplows come through.
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