Mailbox & Driveway Tips for Winter Weather

Mailbox & Driveway Tips for Winter Weather

Winter Driveway Tips

  • Snow should be shoveled or plowed to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway. Piling the snow as depicted below prevents the snow from being pushed back onto the driveway.
  • Clearing the area to the left side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway provides an area for plow drivers to unload snow prior to your driveway.  This will help minimize the amount of snow plowed back onto your driveway.
  • Eliminate snow piles at driveway entrances whenever possible. Large piles of snow can obstruct the vision of motorists, posing a safety hazard.
  • Do not push snow onto roadways at any time. Besides being a violation, this practice creates a hazardous condition for all vehicles.
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Mailbox Winter Tips

If your mailbox is installed according to Township and US Postal standards, and a Township plow truck directly strikes it, the Township will replace it with a standard 4-inch x 4-inch wooden post and standard mailbox.  However, damages to mailboxes resulting from pushing snow and ice are the responsibility of the property owner.  Please follow the placement and maintenance tips below to help prevent damage to your mailbox this winter.

Proper placement of your mailbox will protect it from potential damage during snow plowing operations.

  • The front face of the mailbox should be located as far away as practical from the edge of the roadway pavement, while still being within arm’s distance.
  • The bottom of the box should be 42 inches above the road surface.
  • Residents are encouraged to relocate or modify your mailbox to accommodate snow plowing operations.

Also, please take the time to regularly inspect and repair your mailbox.

  • Inspect the vertical support; look for any rotting or rusting, especially at the ground line.
  • How is the box attached to the post? Is the mailbox wobbly? Do the fasteners hold firmly?
  • Are any fasteners or supports missing?
  • What is the condition of the box itself? Replace or repair rusty or cracked mailboxes.