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ODOT warns depositing snow on highways illegal

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on January 27, 2017 2:45PM

The state highway is not a good place to deposit snow from your driveway, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

It is against the law to deposit any object onto Oregon highways and highway right of way, including snow.

ODOT officials said it can be frustrating when snowplows push snow from the highway onto approach roads, but shoveling that snow back onto the road or shoulder creates a hazard for other highway users and for winter maintenance operations. Chunks of snow and ice form an uneven road surface that can surprise drivers and cause crashes.

When snowplows create berms of snow at the end of driveways, ODOT asks property owners to help by shoveling that snow to the sides of their driveways, rather than back onto the road or shoulder.

If you shovel snow onto the roadway, you will be asked to clear it away. Or ODOT may remove the snow and bill you for the cost of doing so. In addition, you may be cited under Oregon law; violations are punishable as a misdemeanor.


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