- When will the County plow my street?
- How long will it take to clear the streets?
- Who should I contact if my street has been missed?
- Why does my Driveway get plowed back in?
- Does the County plow Alleys or Private Roads?
- Will my Trash or Recycling be collected?
Q. When will the County plow my street?
A. Roads are cleared in the following order - Main arteries and feeder roads first, such as Joppa Road and Goucher Boulevard, Owings Mills Boulevard and Lyons Mill Road, followed by community or subdivision streets, courts and cul-de-sacs.
Q. How long will it take to clear the streets?
A. Snow storms of less than six inches should allow crews to plow every street within 24 hours after the storm has ended. With a storm of six inches or more, it typically takes 48 hours to plow every street after the storm has ended. During a very heavy snowfall, plows may need to concentrate on keeping main roads open, diverting operations from secondary roads.
Q. Who should I contact if my street has been missed?
A. After following the above timeline, you can send an email to the Bureau of Highways at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-887-3560.
Q. Why does my Driveway get plowed back in?
A. Every effort is made to clear roads and storm drains to prevent icing conditions if remaining snow melts and refreezes. Snowplows are angled to the right. Residents can help by shoveling snow to the right of their driveway when facing the street, or into their yards. It's the best way to minimize the amount that may get plowed back into their driveway.
Q. Does the County plow Alleys or Private Roads?
A. No. By law, snow removal and other maintenance are the responsibility of the owner(s). Owners of new homes are advised to call their developer or property manager before snow season to determine if their road is private or has been transferred into the County road system.
Q. Will my Trash or Recycling be collected?
A. The collector will make every effort to collect the scheduled item(s) if the road or alley in your area is passable, although collection may be later than usual. You should set your items out as usual and leave them out until they are picked up. In unusual or extreme cases, alternate plans may be made. You may view storm related schedule changes or call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.
Revised January 28, 2014