Snow Removal

Snow Removal Operations

The Road Department provides residents and businesses with snow removal on Township maintained roadways. To accomplish this task in a timely and efficient manner, the department has divided the Township into 9 routes. Snowfalls of less than 3 inches are removed by melting the snow with rock salt. Rock salt applications take crews approximately 4 hours to treat all Township maintained roadways. Sometimes the roadways are pre-treated with a salt brine mixture before a weather event to aid in melting the snow.

Snowfalls of more than 3 inches in depth have to be plowed and salted to remove the snow. This operation involves at least 10 hours to complete a single pass with the snowplows over all township roadways. Weather conditions and traffic patterns can add a substantial amount of time needed for snow removal operations. Streets may also be categorized by traffic volume or slope and the most heavily traveled roadways are treated first, followed by streets on a steep slope and then streets with low traffic volume. The circle portion of cul-de-sacs may not be plowed until the day following a winter weather event. 

Snow Removal Tips

To help snow removal crews complete each event in an efficient and safe manner, the Road Department asks residents to:

  • Delay non-essential travel until after the roads have been cleared.
  • Do not attempt to pass township vehicles plowing or salting.
  • During snowfalls of more than 3 inches, park off streets to allow crews to plow the entire width of the street. Vehicles left parked on the street may get blocked in from a heavy volume of snow or debris (snow, slush, salt) may get sprayed on the side of the vehicle. Township crews will not return to clear the roadway if a vehicle is parked on the street and then moved after crews are finished plowing.
  • When clearing a driveway, it is not permitted to push the snow out into the street. The responsible party will be liable for damages caused by illegally pushing snow into the roadway.
  • To avoid clearing a driveway entrance repeatedly, wait until the plow truck has completed clearing the roadway curb to curb after the weather event has ended. During prolonged weather events, crews must clear roadways multiple times for motorist safety.
  • Clear snow from around fire hydrants and storm water catch basin inlets.

Obstructions Within The Right-Of-Way

Items placed in the road right-of way by residents such as landscaping, rock, sports equipment, irrigation systems and other lawn decorations are considered obstructions according to the Ohio Revised Code Section 5571.14. Residents place these items in the right-of-way at his/her own risk and Miami Township is not liable for damages to these obstructions while performing snow removal. 

Agency Responsibilities

The Road Department reminds residents that not all roadways within Miami Township are maintained by our crews. Certain roadways are maintained by other governmental agencies or private contractors. Please refer to the Master Street Index below for a listing of all roadways in Miami Township.

  • The Ohio Department of Transportation, (937) 832-1824, maintains all state routes such as: SR741, SR725, SR4, I-675.
  • The Montgomery County Engineer’s Office, (937) 837-2528, maintains county roads such as: Lyons Road, Union Road, Jamaica Road, Manning Road.
  • Condo / apartment complexes and mobile home parks have streets maintained by the owners of the complex such as: Habitat, Autumn Woods, Lyons Gate, Covey Run, Austin Springs.
  • Newly constructed roadways (not formally accepted by the Township) or private roadways are maintained by the developer or by a homeowner's association.
  • Austin Landing is maintained by the developer of the property.

Residents with questions or concerns regarding snow removal are encouraged to call the Road Department at (937) 866-4661.