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What to Do About Berms
Don’t shovel or blow snow back into the roadway.
Shovel berm next to the bank on the side of the road beyond your driveway before it freezes or is packed down.
Do not remove snow stakes - they are guides for snow plows.
Place your trash cans in your driveway, behind the snow stakes.
Mark circular or angled driveways to help snow plow operators avoid blocking them.
Placer County utilizes “snow gates” on eight of its ten motor-graders to reduce (not eliminate) the size of driveway berms:
Trucks mounted with plows do not have snow gates.
Snow gates work best when there is less than 6 inches of snow on the road.
Effectiveness decreases as snow depth increases.
As a rule of thumb, snow gates will reduce the size of a driveway berm by one-half.
Snow gates are easily damaged by heavy Sierra snow.
If damaged, you may see the grader continue to operate with the plow stuck in the up position. We do this to:
Prevent further damage to the snow gate
Prevent the possibility of hydraulic oil leaks
Prevent damage to the grader that would not allow it to continue plowing
Watch our helpful video
for more information on snow berms.
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