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Snow Removal
6222009_32448_0.jpgThe Town of Buxton has approximately 120 miles of  plowable roads. The Public Works crew is mobilized when the roads initially get covered.  We First place salt on all mainline roads to prevent the snow from sticking to the surface.  Then, we scrape the road surface continuously until the snow stops.  At that time we begin cleanup operations which consist of scraping all roads one last time and pushing back the piles of snow to allow any snow melt to leave the road surface.  Normal clean up operations (after the snow stops) will take approximately four hours.

The following are some guidelines for removing snow in the town of Buxton. Whether you are plowing, snow blowing or shoveling, safety is the number one concern for everyone. Many of the guidelines are based on the laws in Title 29-A. Summonses can be issued for violations.

A public way means a way, owned or maintained by the state, county or a municipality, over which the general public has a right to pass. The town's right of way is fifteen or more feet from the edge of the roadway. A sidewalk is considered a right of way.

Anything placed within the right of way is at the owner's risk. Mailboxes should be placed as far as possible off the roadway. The wings of the town plow trucks are about 38 inches high. Try to place your mailbox about 46 inches high so the wing of the plow will pass under the mailbox.

Anytime snow is placed in the right of way, it is a violation and you can be summonsed. It is illegal to plow snow across the roadway. Plow any windrows of snow that are at the end of your driveway into the existing snow bank. All snow must be removed from the right of way prior to the town crew's cleanup pass.

Be sure to turn your flashing amber light on only when you are plowing at the end of a driveway. Remember to turn the light off when traveling from job site to job site. When backing from a private way, you must yield to the traffic on the public way.

If you break down or go off the roadway, please notify the police department as soon as possible so that we may help you and keep your vehicle from interfering with traffic. DO NOT abandon your vehicle on the roadway.

Please do not allow children to build snow forts or tunnel into snow banks next to the roadway. The plow operators cannot see children when they are winging the snow banks back.


Buxton Police Department Emergency 911
Buxton Police Department Business 929-6612

The following are selected laws pertaining to the guidelines taken out of Title 29-A.

2053. Right-of-way

4. Private to public intersection. An operator of a vehicle entering a public way from a private way must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle on the public way or to a pedestrian. After yielding, the operator of the vehicle must proceed cautiously.  For the purposes of this subsection, "private way" means any way or road access onto a public way, including an alley, driveway or entrance.


1858. Abandonment of vehicle on public way.

Abandonment of a vehicle on a public way is a traffic infraction. A person who is found to have abandoned a vehicle under this section is responsible for any towing charges that are directly related to the abandonment of the vehicle.

2054. Emergency and auxiliary lights; sirens; privileges

(4) A vehicle equipped and used for plowing snow on other than public ways may be equipped with an auxiliary rotary flashing light that must be mounted on top of the vehicle in such a manner as to emit an amber beam of light over a 360` angle, or an amber strobe, or combination of strobes, that emits at a minimum a beam of 50 candlepower and provides visible light coverage over a 360` range. The light may be in use on a public way only when the vehicle is entering the public way in the course of plowing private driveways and other off-highway locations.

2082. Windows

1. Obstructions. A person may not operate a vehicle with a sign, poster, opaque or semitransparent material or substance on the front windshield, side wing or side or rear window that obstructs the operator's clear view of the way or an intersecting way.

2. Objects. A person may not operate a motor vehicle with an object placed or hung in or on the vehicle, other than the required or provided equipment of the vehicle, in a manner that obstructs or interferes with the view of the operator through the windshield or prevents the operator from having a clear and full view of the road and conditions of traffic.

2396. Certain substances on public ways

2. Unsecured load.2 A person may not operate on a public way a vehicle with a load that is not fastened, secured, confined or loaded to reasonably prevent a portion from falling off.

For the purposes of this section, "load" includes, but is not limited to, firewood, pulpwood, logs, bolts or other material, but does not include loose hay, pea vines, straw, grain or cornstalks.

When the load consists of sawdust, shavings or wood chips, and a reasonable effort has been made to completely cover the load, minor amounts blown from the vehicle while in transit do not constitute a violation.

3. Gravel. A load of gravel, sand, crushed stone, rubbish, building debris or trash must be covered or otherwise secured or confined to prevent any portion of the load from falling from or spilling out of the vehicle.

4. Snow. A person may not place and allow to remain on a public way snow or slush that has not accumulated there naturally.

2069. Authority to remove an improperly parked vehicle; vehicles used in commission of a crime

2. Interfering with snow removal, normal traffic movement. A law enforcement officer may cause the removal to a suitable parking place, at the expense of the registered Owner, of a vehicle interfering with snow removal or the normal movement of traffic or parked within the limits of a right-of-way. The Department of Transportation may take the same action for a vehicle standing on property under its jurisdiction.

2054. Emergency and auxiliary lights; sirens; privileges

(4) A vehicle equipped and used for plowing snow on other than public ways may be equipped with an auxiliary rotary flashing light that must be mounted on top of the vehicle in such a manner as to emit an amber beam of light over a 360` angle, or an amber strobe, or combination of strobes, that emits at a minimum a beam of 50 candlepower and provides visible light coverage over a 360` range. The light may be in use on a public way only when the vehicle is entering the public way in the course of plowing private driveways and other off-highway locations.

 
Town of Buxton
  185 Portland Road, Buxton, ME 04093 (207) 929-5191
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