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West Hartford Department of Public Works offers Tips and Reminders for Winter

The snow creates a beautiful winter scene at Rockledge Golf Course. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Winter began a few weeks ago, and with cold weather and snow in the forecast, West Hartford’s Department of Public Works has some tips and reminders for residents.


The Department of Public Works is sending you this message with tips and reminders as we enter the winter season.

Is your vehicle winter-ready?

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

AAA offers more tips for driving in snow and for making long-distance winter trips are found on their website. CLICK HERE!

Policy for removing Snow and Ice from Sidewalks

Today is a good time to remind West Hartford property owners, renters, and businesses of the town’s policy regarding the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks.

Town Ordinance 115-24 states: “West Hartford property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk along their property line within 12 hours after the storm or sunrise, whichever is later, and keeping them clear of snow and ice.”

Heavily used sidewalks near schools and public buildings, and the commercial areas are particularly important.

To report a snow clearing violation, please call the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203.

Please help the Fire Department and protect neighboring properties by shoveling around fire hydrants.

Policy regarding on-street parking when it snows

During a parking ban no on-street parking is allowed so that Public Works crews can remove snow from curb-to-curb. Cars left on the road create a safety hazard for all concerned. The owner will receive a fine and the car may be towed.

Please take parking bans seriously and make safe plans for your vehicle.

Off-street neighborhood municipal lots are open for your convenience. Pay-to-park fees will apply at municipal center parking lots and parking garages in West Hartford Center.

If you use a free municipal or school lot, we ask that cars be parked close together, meaning do not leave an empty parking space between cars. This helps DPW clear snow efficiently.

The West Hartford Police Department proactively assists the Department of Public Works to ensure that the roads are clear of illegally parked vehicles. Cars in violation of the snow ban will be ticketed and towed.

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