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Town of Leesburg Reminds Residents and Businesses About Snow Removal Policies
Leesburg, VA (March 13, 2017) – With eight to twelve inches of snow in the forecast over the next two days, Town officials encourage residents and businesses to prepare for the snow and to be aware of Town policies for handling snow, sleet, ice and other wintry precipitation.
Snow Emergency Routes. A snow emergency is declared when two or more inches of snow, sleet or other icy precipitation has accumulated on Town roadways. When a snow emergency is in effect, all vehicles must be removed from streets designated as Snow Emergency Routes. Any vehicle not removed from the designated streets when a snow emergency is in effect will be towed at the owner’s expense. Snow Emergency Routes are:
- Market Street, from Fairview Street to the Route 7/15 Bypass
- King Street, from the Union Cemetery to Country Club Drive
- Loudoun Street, from Liberty Street to Harrison Street
Please see the Snow Emergency Route map.
Snow removal from Town streets. The Town of Leesburg Public Works Department’s Street Division is responsible for snow removal from public streets throughout Town. When possible, crews will salt and sand streets before the onset of wintry weather. Plowing operations will begin immediately once snow starts to accumulate on roadways. Snow Emergency Routes and other primary roads will be cleared first, followed by secondary streets and subdivision roads. Town crews will work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, as long as necessary to clear streets. Until plowing is completed, citizens are urged not to use streets unless absolutely necessary.
In advance of a snowfall, residents can assist in the efficiency of snow removal operations by removing all vehicles, trailers, trash cans and other items from roadways in order to provide snow plows with maximum space for snow removal operations.
The Town’s Snow Hotline (703-777-SNOW) will be activated at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. Residents can call the hotline for information on current snow removal operations and to report snow-related problems. For more information about winter weather preparedness and the Town’s snow removal operations, visit the Town website at www.leesburgva.gov/snow.
Snow removal from sidewalks. Property owners or occupants, both residential and commercial, are required to remove snow from public sidewalks adjoining their property within 24 hours of a snowfall. If ice is present and cannot be removed, it should be covered with sand, kitty litter or similar substance that will allow pedestrians safe passage. Snow from sidewalks, driveways and parking areas must not be pushed into the street or other Town right-of-way.
Town Street Division crews will remove snow from sidewalks adjoining Town-owned or maintained properties.
Public Information Officer