Middletown Township

Snow Plowing and Removal

SNOW REMOVAL REGULATIONS
To ensure the safety of Middletown’s school children and pedestrians, the Township Committee has added some teeth to the Township’s snow removal ordinances. The amount of time property owners have to clear snow and ice from sidewalks is 24 hours from the end of the snowfall with enhanced penalties for property owners in school zones who do not clear their sidewalks in a timely fashion.

Further, the amount of time Township business owners or other properties generally open to the public with handicapped parking spaces have to remove snow and ice from the parking spaces, curb cuts and other areas related to the provision of such access has been reduced from 48 to 24 hours.

Failure to comply with the ordinance can result penalties consisting of fines of up to $2,000, 90 days imprisonment and/or community service.  Regulations will be strictly enforced in school zones, and where access is required for disabled individuals under these strengthened regulations.

Enhanced enforcement only allows for issuance of a single warning before citations are mandatorily imposed.  Special liens or assessments may be placed on your property if the Township is required to ensure the public's safety by clearing snow and ice to allow for pedestrian access if not timely addressed by the responsible parties.

SNOW DAMAGE POLICY

Residents should note that private driveways and curbs that extend into the roadway that are damaged by snow plowing equipment are not the responsibility of Middletown Public Works and will not be repaired or replaced by the Township.  In addition, please be advised that mailboxes, lawn sprinklers, shrubs, walls, landscaping features, etc. located in the public right-of-way that are damaged as a result of plowing equipment clearing and throwing snow from the roadway are not the responsibility of Middletown Township and shall be repaired or replaced by the property owner.

 

SNOW PLOWING

EXPRESSWAYS AND FREEWAYS
The Garden State Parkway and it’s on and off-ramps are the only Expressway in the Township. Responsibility for Snow Plowing falls under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

PRIMARY ARTERIAL ROADS
Primary Arterial Roads serve to take traffic from the freeways or expressways along to other destinations. These streets often have three or four lanes per flow of traffic and intersections may have special treatments such as jug handles. Routes 35 and 36 are the main examples of these streets in Middletown. A section of Route 520 near Red Bank is also a Primary Arterial Road. These roads are subject to high volumes of traffic. The importance of these roads to Middletown residents is paramount. Traffic problems along these corridors create traffic problems for much of Middletown. Snow Plowing jurisdiction for RT.’s 35 and 36 belongs to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Route 520 is County jurisdiction.

SECONDARY ARTERIAL ROADS
The 35 Secondary Arterial Roads also serve high volumes of traffic. These roads will often have only one lane for each flow of traffic.  Several of these roadways contain a mixture of residential and commercial uses.  Some Secondary Arterial Roads are under County jurisdiction the remainder are Township Roads.

The following are instances of Secondary Arterial Roads:

  • Bamm Hollow Road
  • Broadway in Belford
  • Chapel Hill Road
  • Cherry Tree Farm Road - County
  • Church Street in Belford
  • Cooper Road from McClees Road to Browns Dock Road
  • Dwight Road - County
  • East Road
  • Everett Road - County
  • Grand Avenue
  • Half Mile Road
  • Harmony Road
  • Hubbard Avenue - County
  • Kings Highway – Partial County
  • Kings Highway East
  • Leonardville Road - County
  • Locust Point Road – Partial County
  • Main Street in Belford – Partial County
  • Main Street in North Middletown
  • McClees Road
  • Middletown-Lincroft Road - County
  • Navesink River Road - County
  • Newmans Spring Road west of the Garden State Parkway - County
  • New Monmouth Road - County
  • Nut Swamp Road - County
  • Oak Hill Road
  • Palmer Avenue - County
  • Phalanx Road
  • Port Monmouth Road - Partial County
  • Red Hill Road
  • Stillwell Road
  • Swimming River Road - County
  • Thompson Avenue from Palmer Avenue to Route 36
  • Tindal Road
  • West Front Street

COLLECTOR STREETS
The Township 30 Collector Streets provide access between arterial roads and local roads, often with many intersections and access to abutting uses. These roads usually have a smaller right-of-way than larger arteries. For snow plowing purposes the County maintains some collector streets, but the Township maintains most streets of this type. These roads are less heavily trafficked than arterials, but are still critical for accessing Local Streets.

The Collector Streets in Middletown are:

  • Apple Farm Road from Route 35 to Rutledge Drive
  • Appleton Avenue from Route 36 to Center Avenue
  • Bowne Road
  • Bray Avenue
  • Broadway from Church Street to Main Street
  • Broadway in Leonardo
  • Campbell Avenue
  • Center Avenue
  • Church Street from Leonardville Road to Broadway
  • Cooper Road from Route 35 to McClees Road
  • First Avenue
  • Hamilton Drive
  • Hartshorne Road
  • Holland Road
  • Leedsville Drive
  • Leonardville Road/Valley Drive from Route 36 to Monmouth Avenue - County
  • Locust Avenue
  • Main Street Port Monmouth from Route 36 to Port Monmouth Road
  • Murphy Avenue
  • North Leonard Avenue
  • Ocean Avenue from Thompson Avenue to Port Monmouth Road - County
  • Park Avenue
  • Pelican Road
  • Portland Road
  • Rutledge Road
  • Shultz Drive
  • Sunnyside Road
  • Swartzel Drive
  • Thompson Avenue
  • Wilson Avenue from Route 36 to Port Monmouth Road
  • Woodland Drive

LOCAL STREETS
In addition to the streets above there are over 1,200 Local Streets that are intended to transport cars from adjoining properties to larger roads. These streets are often small, with few intersections, numerous cul-de-sac’s, dead ends and are often typified by street parking on both sides of the road. These represent all roads within the Township not listed among any of the other classes of streets. 

Snow Plowing Method
When snow is anticipated, crews begin pre-treating roads with Salt Brine and Road salt. This pre-treatment is important in minimizing snow accumulation and easing plowing efforts. In some cases with relatively minor snowfalls pre-treatment can help to eliminate the need to plow at all.

Once snow begins to accumulate to about 3 inches, snow removal procedures are initiated. The Township is divided into four districts. Each district has a supervisor that oversees the work of Township crews and private contractors in their district. Snow plowing priorities are generally as follows:

  • Fire and First Aid Building Access
  • Access for Police to Vehicles
  • Key Commuter Parking Facilities
  • Response to Fire, Police, EMS Emergencies, Motor Vehicle Accidents; and all Reported Medical Emergencies

Clearing of Secondary Arterial and Collector Roads
Supervisors then move their crews in a logical fashion within each district. In some cases smaller streets may be passed by equipment operators in order to prioritize larger streets. They will eventually get to all streets. In all cases equipment operators must sometimes leave an area suddenly in order to respond to an emergency.