2023 Winter Press Release


Watertown, CT - November 14, 2023

TO: Area News Media CONTACT: Jerry Lukowski
RELEASE: Immediately  860-945-5240

As we get closer to winter and snow, the Watertown Department of Public Works would like to take this opportunity to remind the residents of Watertown & Oakville about our snow plow operations, town policies and expectations. 

One of the first things to remember is that no vehicles are permitted to park on streets between December 1st and April 1st, between the hours of 12:00am and 7:00am. In addition to this, vehicles are not allowed to park on streets during declared snow emergencies and parking bans. 
The Highway Division is responsible to clear and maintain approximately 135 miles of road. The town utilizes 15 plows routes to accomplish this program. On average, it takes our operators about 4 hours to go thru their routes during the storms. After the precipitation stops and depending on accumulations, it can take 4 to 8 hours to go thru and widen out all roads and clean intersections. During snow operations berms of snow may be left in front of homes, driveways and sidewalks. Please understand while this is unintentional, it is necessary to keep all of our roads wide enough for all vehicles, school buses and emergency response apparatuses. It is also necessary to keep storm drains open and accessible to ensure proper drainage and avoid icy conditions. Whenever possible, residents may want to wait to clear their driveways until after we have made our final pass, as to avoid having to duplicate efforts. 

The town's mailbox policy does provide for repairs and replacements for damage up to $75.00. This policy is intended for mailboxes that are damaged as a result of direct contact by the snow plow. We will not be responsible for mailboxes that are installed improperly or fall as a result snow or ice that gets thrown off edge of the plow. Damage to trees, shrubs and other landscaping planted in the town's right of way will not be covered. 
Limited amounts of a sand and salt mixture are available for residents outside the Highway Garage located at 91 Burton Street, the Watertown Senior Center on Falls Avenue, Maintenance Facility on Route 6, and at Mosgrove Field, on Davis St. This material is intended for residential use by homeowners only. Residents are requested to limit themselves to two 5-gallon buckets at a time. 

If you have any questions regarding these matters, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 860-945-5240.