The Blackstone Department of Public Works maintains the community’s roads during the winter months, salting and sanding during ice and wet snow storms and plowing the snow off the roadways during the more significant storms. The DPW also oversees the removal of snow at town buildings, as required.
Although the majority of snowplowing and snow removal work is performed by the DPW, the Department also utilizes the services of local contractors to complement the town’s fleet of trucks.
The Town of Blackstone snow and ice policy has been carefully and professionally prepared to meet the needs of the community.
The response time will depend on the moisture of the snow, timing of the storm, duration, freezing rain and blowing snow.
Snow has different weight and compacting properties. A fluffy, dry snow requires less salt, sand and plowing than a heavy, wet snow. Wet snow may result in very slippery conditions, especially when the newly fallen snow freezes on the pavement. The time of a storm can also determine when crews will begin their cleanup. During high commuting times crews will make every effort to keep the major roadways clear of snow and ice. Secondary and side streets will be cleared as soon as possible. Top priority will be given to the heavily traveled roads to ensure everyone's safety. Snow that falls on these roads often becomes packed by cars, making it more difficult to scrape off. During evening and early morning storms, DPW crews will have ample time to prepare the roads for the commuting hours.
DPW crews will be immediately dispatched with sand and salt when freezing rain falls. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to stay off the roadways until the pavement can be treated.
Residents are responsible for snowplowing and snow removal on their own property.