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Beyond the driveway: Park City residents reminded to remove snow responsibly

PARK CITY, Utah — With winter weather on the horizon, the time will come to shovel or plow the driveway, but what to do with all that snow? Park City is reminding residents that the snow, well, it belongs to you.

It’s snow joke, property owners are obligated to keep all snow within the boundaries of their own property, including driveways (Summit County Code 7-3-4 & 7-3-5). This regulation isn’t just a matter of aesthetics; it’s about safety. Disposing of snow onto the roadways poses hazards to plow operators and fellow drivers.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit, haul, push, blow or otherwise deposit snow accumulated on private property within the traveled portion of any public street in a manner that impedes the reasonable flow of traffic on that street. The “traveled way” shall be defined as the width of the paved or graveled surface plus ten (10) additional feet on each side of the surface.” – Summit County Code 1-3-5 states.

An example of a violation of Summit County Code 7-3-5 'Unlawful to Deposit Snow in a Public Way'.
An example of a violation of Summit County Code 7-3-5 ‘Unlawful to Deposit Snow in a Public Way’.

The county right-of-way extends 30 feet from the centerline of the road. This designated space is not a dumping ground for snow or a storage area for personal items. Landscaping, mailboxes, markers, and any other objects placed in the county right-of-way are at risk (Summit County Code 7-3-10).

Property owners must acknowledge that damage to county snow removal equipment resulting from objects placed in the right-of-way may become their responsibility. While snow removal crews make every effort to avoid hitting these items, accidents can happen. Residents are urged to take proactive measures to prevent such incidents and mitigate potential damages.

For more general information on snow policy and rules in Summit County, read their Winter Safety Reminders.

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