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Posted on: November 9, 2023

Winter Operation Guidelines

Please be aware that plow trucks will be out working diligently during winter weather. It is important to keep the right of way clear at all times for trucks to effectively plow.

The Town of Milton does not have a bare roads policy. The Town follows a Safe Roads at Safe Speeds policy. This means that during a storm, roads are plowed, sanded and salted to keep them open for travel, though road surfaces may be snow covered at times during the storm. In order to ensure safe passage, drivers should allow more time for their trip and adjust speed accordingly.

  • It is illegal to blow/plow or shovel snow into the Town roadways.

  • The nightly parking ban needs to be respected and cooperation is needed during other times of the day when storms are occurring and parked cars need to be moved. The nightly parking ban is in effect from midnight to 8 A.M. beginning December 1, 2023 and continues until April 1, 2024.

  • Castles, forts, tunnels and other similar structures cannot be allowed in roadside snow banks. Refuse & recycling containers should be left in driveway aprons or a space cleared for them out of harm’s way.

  • Mailboxes/posts must be properly installed and lids closed when not in use. Instructions for placement of mailboxes can be found here.

  • Snowplows must be respected, given their width, weight and speed. Do not attempt to crowd snowplows or to protect a shoveled drive by placing objects in the way of the snowplow and do not stand at the entrance to a driveway. These practices can result in damage to property, injury or even death due to the lack of maneuverability of these vehicles, the generally icy conditions and the driver’s potentially hindered ability to see under blowing snow conditions.

  • Only items authorized by a Highway Access Permit or easement are authorized to remain in the Town’s right of way. Unauthorized objects in the Town right of way need to be moved or relocated during the winter.

Within the Town of Milton, the State-maintained Highways are U.S. Route 2, U.S. Route 7, and Interstate 89. Snow removal on these roads is the responsibility of the State of Vermont administered by the District 5 Highway Garage located in Colchester. Questions or comments on these highways can be directed to the District Transportation Administrator, 802-655-1580.

The Town of Milton Public Works Department wishes everyone a safe and joyful winter season. Please contact the Department of Public Works with any questions 802-893-6655.

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