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Southampton Town: Sit Tight, Plows Are Coming to Private Roads

The town says primary and secondary roads are being plowed before private roads.

Southampton Town says it is aware that a number of private roadways are still not clear of snow after Friday night's blizzard, which dropped upward of 2 feet of snow in some areas of Long Island.

In a release to the media, the town is asking residents not to call, and said that highway crews are working around the clock to clear all roads.

"All resources are committed to the clearing, sanding and salting of roadways to ensure safety; however, town primary and secondary roads need to be addressed before private roads can be cleared," the statement reads.

There have also been reports of some snowplows getting stuck in drifts.

According to the town, most main arteries are clear and a state of emergency has been lifted as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, but many roads remain ice- and snow-covered. Many areas are also experiencing snowdrift. Southampton Village lifted its state of emergency at noon Saturday.

The town is requesting that motorists don't take to the roads if they don't need to — and if residents need to use the roadways, that they do so with care.

In an effort to help with snow removal, the state announced on Sunday morning that it is sending resources to Suffolk County, including 412 plow trucks and 731 operators.

The Long Island Expressway is shut in both directions from Exit 57/Nichols Road to Exit 73/Riverhead on Sunday for snow removal from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Paul Burkhart February 10, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Who pays for the plowing of private roads and how much?
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) February 10, 2013 at 08:38 PM
During a snow emergency, the town takes responsibility for plowing private roads. They may use outside contractors to get the job done. There may be reimbursements for expenses, such as from FEMA.
M. E. Terry February 11, 2013 at 05:30 AM
People who live on roads designated private still pay property taxes including SH Town Highway!
Paul Burkhart February 11, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I pay property taxes. Maybe my driveway should be plowed by the town. I would be helpful to know the definition of a private road.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
A road that the town is not responsible for paving and maintenance of. Instead, the residents of the neighborhood share the deed to the road.
Jerry Can February 11, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I often wonder about these communities that put private road at their entrances that are actually town or public roads. How often does that happen? How can you tell (If its on a map is it thus considered public)? Does anyone monitor this?
Paul Burkhart February 11, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Thanks Brendan. If this is the case, I would think it would be the responsibility of the neighborhood residents who share the deed ..to pay for the plowing.
lydia-julia February 11, 2013 at 11:57 PM
so who pays for the damaged cars that were stuck in the snow but plows had damaged while plowing the road? basically, i got stuck in my car from trying to go to work. i work at a nursing home in west hampton. i got stuck on old country road in eastport at 1040 pm. i called 911. they stated to me they were sending someone to sit tight. so that we did. at 405 am a plow hit my side of the car. than took the plow and it went from my side of the car to the back on the car which is now dented. than just left. of course i tryed to stop it but they kept moving. than we called the cops and they took a report and bought us bk home. my fiance went to get the car yesterday when he found the car about 70 ft away from its orignal spot with the front damaged and the tire broken off. who can i contact with this damage. everyone seems to know nothing and our insurance isnt covering anything. thats the only car we have...please help!!!! lydiajuliavicente@gmail.com

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