Winter is now here, and with that season comes the situation of where to pile snow from rural area driveways.
Recently Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan requested that residents of Cherokee County do not push snow onto the road right-of-way unless it is the only option.
Shanahan stated "When you push snow into the right-of-way it takes up storage area for any additional snow and makes clearing the roads more costly and time consuming."
He continued, "Times have changed where most rural residents now have family members working in towns, which require the roads to be opened as soon as possible. When you push snow off your drive or yards onto the road or shoulder area, it causes potentially more snow drifting areas, which require more work and expenditures to remove the snow and open the road.
"We need to all work together so that every rural resident can get out within a reasonable time frame. By following these requests and not leaving windrows of snow on the road when pushing snow across the road we can get the roads opened sooner," said Shanahan
Shanahan also requested that if you can push the snow back from around your mailboxes so the snowplows do not throw as much snow near or at your mailbox, will help in reducing the chances of mailboxes being damaged by flying snow.
"Again thanks for all your help in this matter and have a Happy and Joyous Holiday season," added Shanahan.