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Donald Bourdeau
Public Works Director
270 Hartford Road

Salem, CT 06420
860-859-3873 x 451
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The Town of Salem Department of Public Works is committed to providing quality public service as required by its residents, and the state, local and federal regulations.


Street safety is the Town of Salem Public Works Department's primary concern during the winter months.  Public Works treats the pavement and removes snow whenever road conditions call for these services.  Residents should remember that all snow removal operations are performed under emergency conditions.  Our drivers work extended hours to ensure safe and effective snow removal.  Please help
the Public Works Department by following the Snow Emergency Tips and Reminders listed below:

  • The Town of Salem has 44 road miles to maintain.  
  • Public Works is also responsible for clearing the Town Office, School, Town Library and Transfer Station.
  • There are several State controlled roads in Town.  Any road that has a route number is a State controlled road. (Routes 82, 85 and 354) The State of CT plows those roads.
  • Please remember that Public Works is not responsible for removing the snow created by plowing past your driveway.
  • Please move all vehicles off of the streets or cul-de-sacs during all snow storms that have the possibility of producing at least 3 inches of snow.
  • The Town of Salem is not responsible for the snow that accumulates around your mailbox.  It is the homeowners' responsibility to remove the accumulated snow from their mailbox.
  • Please place your garbage and recycling roll out containers beyond the edge of pavement or curb and NOT in the street.  Objects in the street are the biggest deterrent to efficient plowing operations.
  • Remove all basketball backboards from the Town right of way.
  • Never pass a snowplow or salt truck.
  • Never assume the snowplow drivers can see you.  Stay at least three (3) car lengths behind the truck.  It you cannot see the driver in his mirrors then he cannot see you either.
  • If you use a snow blower to clear your driveway, do not blow the snow into the street.
  • If you, or your contractor, use a snow plow to clear your driveway, do not push the snow into the road.


In order to provide a fair and uniform resolution to incidents involving mailboxes damaged by a Town snowplow the Town of Salem adheres to the following policy concerning repair/replacement of mailboxes.

It is a job of the Public Works Department to remove snow from road surfaces. Snow being thrown by a plow can significantly impact the mailbox and cause damage.  There is nothing that can be done to prevent snow from being thrown from the plow blade.  Mailboxes must be securely fastened to a sturdy post in the ground to reduce or resist the impact of thrown snow.  

The mailbox, post and arm should be at least (8") inches from the face of curb or edge of pavement in order to prevent direct contact by the snow.

If it is determined that a mailbox was struck directly by a Town snowplow, the Town will replace the existing mailbox and post with a standard mailbox and post.  Custom mailboxes and posts will not be replaced in-kind.

No mailbox or post will be considered for replacement if the post shows dry rot, unstable or was placed too close into the travel way.

The Town will replace the mailbox and/or post only when the Town snowplow is found to have made direct contact with the mailbox, not when the box is knocked over by snow or slush that is thrown by the plow.

Basketball hoops and sprinkler systems within the town right of way are not permitted and will not be replaced, repaired or reimbursed by the town.

The Director of Public Works or a designated representative is authorized to use reasonable discretion in resolving matters involving unusual circumstances.

Donald Bourdeau
Director of Public Works





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