Prohibition of Pushing Snow Across Highways from Private Driveways
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:20pm
PUSHING SNOW OR OTHER MATERIALS ONTO OR ACROSS HIGHWAYS FROM PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS CAN CAUSE ACCIDENTS AND INJURY, AND IS PROHIBITED BY WISCONSIN §86.01, §86.07, §346.94(5), AND/OR §346.95. Doing so may create potential safety concerns for the traveling public and may impede the snow and ice removal process. Furthermore, snow shall not be stored in any manner, which will obstruct or limit vehicular or pedestrian vision, movement, or access.
Sections 17.60 of the St. Croix County Code of Ordinances and Wisconsin §86.191 prohibit obstruction of vision clearance triangles at intersections. Placing mailboxes away from driveways and intersections helps to avoid vision restricting snow banks in late winter, and helps to avoid damage to your mailbox. The nearest part of your mailbox should not be closer to traffic than the shoulder line, with box and base strong enough to withstand wind, flying snow and slush from traffic and snowplows. It is also important that residents keep their mailboxes clear of snow and visible.
Avoid penalty and liability, and cooperate towards safer highways. The life you save may be your own. St. Croix County Highway Department, St. Croix County Towns & Villages cooperate with the County Sheriff\'s Office, and the County Highway Safety Commission to enforce these laws.
ST. CROIX COUNTY HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER