Snow Ban Streets & Winter Driving

SNOW BAN STREETS:

The streets within the City of Orrville where parking is prohibited after three (3) inches of snow have fallen and there is a prospect of further snow fall are as follows:

Church Street (Mill to Maple)
Crown Hill Road (Paradise Rd to High)
Dogwood Drive (Hostetler to Apple Blossom)
Ella Street (Terminal to High)
Elm Street, North (Market to High)
Fair Street (Market to High), west side only
Hall Street (Market to High)
High Street, East (Main to Mill)
Jefferson Avenue (Ella to Elm)
Kenwood Drive (Crown Hill to Lee)
Kirk Avenue, both sides
Lakeview Drive (Magnolia to Heatherwood)
Lynn Drive (Crown Hill to Lee)
Main Street (north city limits to south city limits)
Market (Walnut to Crown Hill)
Mohican Avenue (Market to Penn)
Paradise Street (Garfield to Wayne)
Park Street (McGill to Garfield), north side only
Pearl Street (Market to High), west side only
Vine Street, North (Market to Mineral Springs)
Vine Street, South (Pine to deadend)
Washington Boulevard (High to Market)
Water Street (Vine to Mill)
Westwood Avenue (Market to Penn)

 

SNOW EMERGENCY LEVELS:

Pursuant to Attorney General Opinion 86-023, the Sheriff of a county may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close county and township roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of the public peace.

Keeping this in mind, there has been some confusion as to what a snow emergency actually means.  It is for this purpose that the Wayne County Sheriff's Department has defined the following warning levels:

LEVEL 1.  Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2.  Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.  Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

LEVEL 3.  All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.  No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.  All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.  Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.

 

FRIENDLY WINTER DRIVING REMINDERS:

1.  Plan your route carefully, allowing extra time to arrive safely.
2.  Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop.  You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
3.  Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
4.  Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
5.  Keep your lights and windshield clean.
6.  Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
7.  Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
8.  Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
9.  Don't pass snow plows and salt trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
10.  Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
11.  Keep your vehicle stocked with simple emergency equipment in case you do get stalled or have an accident. Consider keeping these items in your vehicle

     - blanket or extra clothes
     - candle with matches
     - snacks
     - bottled water  flares
     - CB radio, cellular phone or ham radio 
     - a small shovel 
     - flashlight
     - windshield scraping device
     - tow rope
     - bag of sand or cat litter for traction
     - long jumper cables 

*The City of Orrville plans to salt the streets prior to daily morning commutes and then as needed to ensure salt effectiveness and clear passage for residential/business use.

 

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