What is a Snow Emergency?
There may be times when the falling and accumulation of snow and ice upon the streets of Upper Darby Township constitutes a significant danger to the safety and well being of residents and/or people traveling within the Township. At that time, a determination will be made by the mayor of Upper Darby Township to declare a "Snow Emergency" for the Township. The factors that will be taken into consideration for the declaration of a snow emergency are: the severity of the storm, ice, forecasted conditions, information received from the Upper Darby Police Department, and the Governor's declaration of a State Snow Emergency.
How Will I Know If A Snow Emergency Has Been Declared?
Once a Snow Emergency has been declared:
- Emergency vehicles will announce the Snow Emergency in each neighborhood over a loudspeaker.
- Residents with access to cable television or the internet can tune in to Channel 13 (Community Access Channel), or visit http://snow.upperdarby.org where weather status and Snow Emergency updates will be posted.
- Residents can call the Upper Darby Township Snow Emergency Operations center at (610) 734-7700 to inquire about Snow Emergency status.
What Are My Responsibilities When A Snow Emergency Is Declared?
Snow Emergency Routes are designated by snow emergency signs that will explain the responsibilities of residents located on those routes (List of Snow Emergency Routes & State Highways). After a Snow Emergency has been declared, residents will have 12 hours to move their vehicles off Snow Emergency Routes. Any vehicles that are not moved within the 12 hour time limit will be towed at the expense of the owner.
The emergency snow plan relies heavily on the cooperation of residents during a snow emergency. Parked vehicles left on snow emergency routes will cause both delays in service and potential safety concerns. Be sure to check if your street is a snow emergency route and be aware of when a snow emergency is declared. Your cooperation is essential.
What are Snow Emergency Routes?
These are the main "connecting" roads throughout the township that are essential for travel, those that are needed for access for emergency vehicles and those that are needed for access to schools or hospitals.
What are Secondary Roads?
These roads are the secondary level of necessity for travel within the Township.
The snow plan follows this guide of road levels to allow residents to travel as quickly as possible after snowfall. On Snow Emergency Routes, at least one lane in each direction will always be open. On secondary roads one lane will be open. Subsequent lanes will be opened weather permitting.
What Do I Do If My Vehicle Is Towed?
If your vehicle is towed, go to the Upper Darby Police Station located at 7236 West Chester Pike. At the Station they will direct you to the location where you can retrieve your vehicle. All expenses associated with the removal of your vehicle are the responsibility of the owner, and must be paid to the authorized towing contractor before you may retrieve your vehicle.
How Long Will a Snow Emergency Last? How Will I Know When It's Over?
A Snow Emergency will last at least 24 hours, however, the length may vary depending on the severity of the storm. Residents with access to cable or the internet should watch Channel 13 (Community Access Channel) or visit http://snow.upperdarby.org for an update on the status of the Snow Emergency. Residents who do not have access to cable or the internet may call the Upper Darby Township Snow Emergency Operations Center (610-734-7700) to inquire about the status and length of a Snow Emergency. Once the Mayor has declared an end to the Snow Emergency, it will announced at that number and on the website. Please remember that although Snow Emergency Routes may be opened, residents are not permitted to park there until the Snow Emergency has been terminated.
Why Did the Township Stop Plowing State Highways?
State Highways account for 25 miles of the road system in Upper Darby Township. Prior to 1996-1997, Upper Darby Township had operated under a contract with PennDOT to handle the snow plan for state highways located within the Township. After careful evaluation, Upper Darby Township determined that it was not in the best interest of our resident to continue the contract with PennDOT. The contract has been terminated, placing the sole responsibility of the opening of state highways back with the state. This will allow the Township to utilize all of its forces on local roads within the Township in order to better serve our residents.
What Are The Methods Of Road Maintenance?
There are a number of different methods used to maintain the roads for safe travel during the winter. At times, the snowfall may not be heavy enough to require plowing, and salt or cinders will be used. In such instances, the salting process will start on Snow Emergency Routes and continue until all roads are completed. Other times, snowfall may be heavy enough that trash pickup may be suspended to allow the use of trash trucks as additional plows. The following guide explains the snow plan by stages of storm severity and applies to all levels of roads:
SNOW FALL: METHOD:
- 0-3 inches: salt / anti-skid, no plowing required
- 3-10 inches: salt / anti-skid, plow, trash pickup continues
- 10 + inches: salt / anti-skid, plow, trash pickup suspended (trash pickup will resume as soon as possible)
How Can I Find Out More & Stay Up To Date on the Latest Snow Emergency Information?
Information regarding a Snow Emergency or Status of your neighborhood streets can be found out by: Calling the Upper Darby Township Snow Emergency Operations Center ( 610-734-7700 ) or visiting http://snow.upperdarby.org
Information regarding the status of State Highways: PennDOT ( 610-566-0972 )
If you have a police, fire, or medical emergency, please call: 9-1-1
Is It True That It's Illegal to Shovel or Plow Snow In a Street?
Yes. Under Ordinance 2845, it is illegal to shovel or plow snow into a public thoroughfare.