West Hartford Property Owners Asked to Consider People with Disabilities when Clearing Snow and Ice

An example of a 'DON'T' from a previous snowstorm. This sidewalk near an elementary school in West Hartford was shoveled, but not all the way to the curb cut and is not accessible. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The Town of West Hartford issued a public service announcement regarding the removal of snow and ice from town property.

Submitted by Town of West Hartford

Snow & Ice Removal:

Per Town ordinance, 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. Snow throwing or pushing snow into the street from a private property or business is prohibited. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts.

It is important for property owners to consider people with disabilities or individuals who may use mobility devices to navigate town sidewalks and pedestrian routes as they are clearing snow and ice. Ensure sidewalks and curb ramps at intersections/street crossings provide enough clear width to traverse. Snow should also be entirely removed from accessible/handicap parking spaces and their adjacent access aisle. Snow must not be placed in accessible parking spaces or access aisles.

Additionally, please help the Fire Department and protect neighboring properties by shoveling around fire hydrants.

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