Snow Plowing

What We Will Do

Before the Storm

Depending on the weather, forecast and other conditions, we may pre-treat major hills and roads with salt to prevent the snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.

During the Storm

Depending on forecast and conditions, sanding will continue throughout the storm. Town plows will begin to plow major roads after approximately 2 inches of snow accumulation. Private plow contractors will begin to plow secondary and minor roads after approximately 3 inches of snow accumulation. Roads are plowed in the following priority: major roads first, then secondary roads and finally minor roads and dead-ends. During a storm our goal is to keep roads passable for emergency vehicle access. Roads will be widened and cul-de-sacs completed as soon as possible, but not before other roads are made passable for emergency vehicle access.

After the Storm

Plows will continue to clean and widen roadways until every road in town has been completed. Salting will continue as needed. Please be aware that it takes 8 to 9 hours to complete plow operations after the snow has stopped. Sidewalks will be completed once plowing has finished. Remember, the last thing that the plows do is push back the edges which widens the road and allows for future snow storage. We apologize for any snow this may place into driveways that may have already been cleared.

Please be aware that we have numerous plows and sanders working throughout town. They are clearly marked with Town Seals on the doors. You may see plow trucks driving with their plows raised or sanding trucks not spreading sand. These trucks may be returning for fuel or sand or may be en route to their assigned areas.

If you have Plow Damages, we apologize for this. Please fill out a Snow Damage Form (PDF) and mail into the address on the bottom of the form. The Town begins plow damage repairs (berm, grass, etc) after the snow season ends on April 1.

What You Can Do

Prepare your property for snow removal by keeping fences, mailboxes, basketball hoops, bike/skateboard ramps, etc. away from the edge of Right-of-Way. Please do not park on the side of the road and limit your travel if possible. Do not shovel, plow or blow snow back into the roadway. Not only in this a major safety concern, it is also illegal.

Please be patient. We are going to plow every road as quickly as possible, however some roads must be given priority due to public safety concerns and plow route patterns.

Sand is available for Residents of Burlington at the Highway Division yard.


If you have any questions, please call our Highway Division at 781-270-1676/1677.