SNOW & ICE REMOVAL
The Butler Township Service Department provides snow removal and ice control to keep township roads safe and passable. Streets are salted when it appears that the snow and ice will create unsafe conditions. Crews begin to plow after a snowfall of two inches. The department’s strategy is first address the most heavily traveled roads, as well as those with hills, curves and bridges – these roads are called priority roadways.
Priority Roadways: County Line Road (from Frederick to Dog Leg), Furnas Road, Kley Road, Antioch School Road, Jackson Road, Patty’s Road, Aullwood Road, Meeker Road, Kershner Road, Kinmont Road, Stonequarry Road, Evermur Drive, Wild Cherry Drive, Old Country Lane, Malina Avenue, Hertlein Road, Brantford Road, Stop Eight Road (next to Imperial Hills Plat), Benchwood Road, N. Dixie Drive (from Benchwood to Stop Eight Road), Miller Lane, Towne Center Drive, York Commons Boulevard, Commerce Center Drive, Commerce Lane, York Center Drive, Maxton Road, Rockwell Drive, Singing Ridge Boulevard, Cloverleaf Road, and Claude Avenue.
Secondary Roadways: All other roadways in the Township not listed as priority roadways, with the exception of County maintained roadways or private lanes.
How can I prepare for a winter snowfall?
Each winter poses a threat to your roadside mailbox either because of snowdrifts, vehicle incidents, or snowplow damage. Residents are encouraged to inspect their mailbox for any repairs it may need. For any mailbox located by the road, there is a risk of damage caused by heavy snowfalls. Damage typically is not caused by contact with the snowplow, but by heavy wet snow being thrown off the plow. When inspecting your mailbox, check and repair any weaknesses you may see such as rotted wood, deterioration, and/or cracks in the post as well as leaning of the mailbox. Also keep the area around the mailbox free of snow. Shovel snow at least 2 feet away from the mailbox in every direction. This will allow snow coming off the plow to have a place to go instead of hitting your mailbox. Shoveling to the sides and front of the box will also cut down on the amount of snow being forced back into that area.
As you inspect your mailbox this is also a good time to install reflectors to make your mailbox easier to see during storms or during dark hours. It is also a good idea to make sure your house number is visible on your mailbox, as this will assist mail carriers and emergency crews.
Why is my driveway plowed back in?
The Township’s snowplow drivers do not intentionally block any driveway or vehicle. Every effort is made to clear roads and storm drains to prevent icing conditions if remaining snow melts and refreezes. Follow these important tips to aid in successful snow removal:
- Do not plow or shovel snow back into the street. This can create a safety hazard, and it can result in that same snow being pushed back in front of your driveway.
- Residents can help by shoveling snow to the right of their driveway (when facing the street from your property) or into their yards to minimize the amount that may be plowed back into your driveways and sidewalks.
- During any snowfall event over 2” please remove vehicles from the streets to let the crews perform a more thorough snow removal job.