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Winter Sidewalk Maintenance
 
Whose sidewalk is it anyway?

It's yours.
 Many residents and business owners are confused about who is responsible for taking care of the sidewalks infront of their homes, offices and stores. As a result, people who are required to clear snow and otherwise maintain those sidewalks are sometimes unaware of their responsibilities. 

Regardless of who originally built the sidewalk, the Township's ordinance requires the owner whose property is traversed by that sidewalk to clear its full width within 48 hours of a snow event. 

Township officials plan to enforce its provisions as needed this winter. Ordinance 2014-451

Shoveling Tips:

  • Avoid over-exertion. Cold weather can strain the heart. Unfamiliar exercise, such as shoveling snow or pushing a car, can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Rest frequently and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration
  • Stretch before you go out to shovel snow, to warm up your body and help prevent injury
  • Do not cover fire hydrants or manholes with snow when clearing sidewalks and driveways.
  • Remember to help neighbors who may require special assistance – the elderly and those with disabilities
  • Do not throw snow into the street. Instead, shovel the snow on the opposite side of the snow plow's approach. On a standard two-way street this would be the right side of your driveway as you face the street. This way, when the plow passes by, less snow will be pushed back into your driveway.

More info on winter maintenance in Cranberry.
Great video by Virginia DOT on shoveling snow: