The Town of Weston’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for removing snow from and de-icing 102 miles of roadway and 6 municipal parking lots in the winter season. The DPW also plows 10 miles of sidewalk to ensure safe passage for pedestrians.
Clearing the Roadways
The Weston DPW uses 8 large sanders and 1 small sander truck to de-ice roadways. When conditions warrant the plowing of roadways to make them safe, DPW uses 18 municipal vehicles and up to 26 contracted pieces of equipment on 22 plow routes.
Many factors can determine the Town’s response to a snow event some of which may include:
Amount of accumulated snow
Duration of the storm
Road surface temperature
Temperatures before, during and after a storm
Weather forecast for the following days
Plan of Operations
When the snow starts falling, sanders are dispatched to apply sand, road salt or liquid calcium chloride to keep the roads safe.
When 2-3 inches of snow have accumulated on the streets a snow plowing operation usually begins.
Once the snow stops falling and the roads have been plowed the streets will again be treated with de-icing materials to prevent a “freeze-up” of the road surface.
Department personnel will then clear intersections and plow sidewalks and parking lots.
Reporting Unplowed Streets
To report unplowed or unsanded streets or for further information or suggestions on the snow operations policy for the Town of Weston please call the DPW at 781-786-5100.