Snow Removal From Private Roads/Ways Policy


The following standards were compiled in an effort to address Snow and Ice removal operations on private roads/ways in the Town of Brewster. In particular, surface conditions, widths, clearances, and roadside obstacles are identified as obstructions to safe, cost-effective snow and ice removal operations. These issues inhibit emergency response for rescue personnel and can cause considerable damage to snow plow equipment. In some cases, damaged vehicles/equipment may need to be removed from the snow removal effort. Some of these items cause delays in the removal process, which in turn causes delays in our efforts in other parts of town. The minimum standards are as follows:

1. Inspections will be completed by July 31st of each year. Results (i.e. failed roads/ways) will be posted on the Town Website and in the Cape Codder in September. Re-inspection of failed roads/ways will be completed by November 1st of each year providing ample time to address deficiencies. Substandard roads/ways will not be plowed. A third inspection will be completed upon notice that the work is complete.
2. The minimum travel width shall be ten (10) feet.
3. Roadside clearances shall be two (2) feet from the edge of pavement on each side. Vertical clearance shall be no less than twelve (12) feet along the traveled portion of the road.
4. All roadways (paved and unpaved) shall be free of defects (potholes or rutting) exceeding three (3) inches in depth. All potholes shall be filled to the approximate level of the surrounding roadway.
5. All private roads/ways shall have a visible street sign and be open to the public.
6. There must be ample room for an emergency vehicle to turn around if the road is a dead end. Space at the end of the road should be of sufficient size for emergency vehicles or town snowplows to be able to turn around in a safe manner.
7. The entire length of road/way shall meet these standards. Sections of the road/way, beyond a location where any of these standards are not met, will not be plowed.
The minimum standards outlined above are meant to serve as a guideline. It is understood that there will be exceptions to these standards. Exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and must be in keeping with the general intent of this policy.

It is the town’s intention to undertake inspections during the summer of 2008. The failed or deficient roads will be posted as described in the aforementioned plan. However all roads will be plowed during the winter of 2008/2009. We will again re-inspect these roads in the summer of 2009, following the procedure as laid out in the plan; and only plow those roads that meet these guidelines in the winter of 2010.