Snow removal ordinances vary

Area residents will have to clear sidewalks of snow in accordance with municipal ordinances.

Generally snow or ice must be cleared within 24 hours of the end of the storm. Snow also should be cleared from fire hydrants and should not be shoveled or plowed onto streets.

Residents also must move their vehicles off designated snow emergency routes if such a declaration is made.

Residents should check municipal websites for specific rules for their area.

Altoona requires clearing sidewalks at least 18 inches wide. If snow or ice on a sidewalk becomes so hard that it cannot be removed without likely damage, sand or other abrasive must be put down to make travel reasonably safe and then a path cleared as soon as possible.

Hollidaysburg has similar rules, except the borough requires clearing a 30-inch path. The mayor can declare a snow emergency to begin at either 8 a.m. or 8 p.m., which triggers odd/even parking rules. Starting at 8 p.m., vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street and moved to the odd-numbered side at 8 a.m.

Any vehicle not removed within two hours after the owner is notified may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking is prohibited during snow emergencies on these streets: Allegheny between Penn and Blair streets, as well as Blair, North Juniata, Penn, Bedford, Newry, and Hickory between Penn and Hedge streets.

Logan Township requires snow and ice be cleared the width of the sidewalk.

Its designated snow emergency routes are: South Carlisle Lane between Bellmeade Drive and Upper Rice Road and Upper and Lower Rice roads.

Tyrone requires clearing a 32-inch path. Depositing snow or ice on or immediately next to a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, cartway or loading and unloading areas of a public transportation system is prohibited.

Tyrone has portions of numerous streets designated as snow emergency routes.


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