Snow Removal

Greenwich Snow Emergency Regulations

Plow Routes

The Town of Greenwich maintains 265.3 miles of public accepted roadways, 33 municipal and commuter parking lots and 14 Board of Education School facilities. Main, collector roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Other roads follow as part of 26 individual routes.

Blocked Driveways

All snow plows angle the same way, to the driver's right, and when going by they will push the snow in front of a driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his driveway. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until Public Works crews have done their final clean up on the street.

Sidewalks

In accordance with Town ordinance, Greenwich property owners are responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice. Heavily used sidewalks near schools and along state highways are particularly important.

Mailbox Damage

The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal, including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside and should be located in such a way as to minimize damage.  Please note: Mailbox damage must be reported within 24 hours of incident. 

Helpful Mailbox Maintenance Tips 

  • Every Fall, check the integrity of the mailbox post, especially at ground level. 
  • Replace posts that show signs of rot or other deterioration. 
  • Check mailbox and repair or replace loose hinges, doors, repaint, and number. 
  • Suggest to using a 6 by 6 post and tee box connection. Our experience has shown that cantilever mailbox arms, 4 by 4 notched-mortised posts and large mailboxes do not perform well in wet snow events. 

The Town repairs or replaces only mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by a plow blade. Usually, a paint mark or truck tire tracks supply evidence of a mailbox strike. In the event a mailbox or post is physically struck by the Town of Greenwich Highway snow plow, the Town will reimburse the owner up to $100 for the post and/or $100 for the mailbox. The cost of labor is not reimbursable. Mailbox and Post combinations of greater than $200 value are placed at your own risk. Should a mailbox be physically struck by a Town snowplow, a Mailbox Incident and Application Report Form (PDF) must be completed and submitted to the following address to start the investigation:

Department of Public Works, Highway Division
101 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06830

Private Plowing

The Town of Greenwich prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town's snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow into the street, the private plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.

Additional Information

For more information, please call the Highway Division at 203-622-7766.