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Summer Hours:

Please note Public Works Department Summer Hours run Memorial Day thru Labor Day. 6:00am – 2:00pm. Residents should have the trash and recycling out by 6:00am.

Primary Tasks:

Trash Collection, Recycling Collection, Snow Plowing, Road Repair, Traffic Sign Repair, Sidewalk Repair, Road Paving, Mowing Public Grass, Cleaning Public Storm Drains and Road Line Painting.

*If you see a catch basin that is clogged or full, please report it to the Public Works Dept. for cleaning at 860-446-4127.

*During the Winter Season it is important to keep the roadways clear to allow access for our plows.  This includes removing basketball hoops, please remove all basketball hoops from the road for the winter season.

Why do the plows block my driveway with snow?

The primary goal of plowing is to remove snow from streets so that the road is open for emergency and residential vehicles.

Snowplows push the snow from the travel lanes of the road to the driver’s right side; unfortunately this results in snow piling up in front of driveways. Plow trucks will usually make one pass to open the road and will return to widen the road to the shoulders for future snow accumulation. Residents are advised to wait until the plow has been through their road prior to cleaning their driveway and mailbox area. If drifting or more snow occurs the plows may have to make multiple passes on a road at a later time to keep the road clear.

Residents often ask why drivers do not lift the plow blades for each driveway; this is not a practical solution as this would only leave a pile of snow in the roadway and the roads would never be cleared. Whenever possible plow drivers will try to prevent excessive blockages at driveways but at times this is not possible.

Please Remember All property owners or occupants of land adjacent to a sidewalk have the responsibility to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.  Per the City of Groton Ordinance, residential area sidewalks must be cleared on the same day as the end of snowfall, or within 6 hours of daylight after the end of snowfall, whichever period is longer.  And that the clearing of driveway and mailbox areas is the responsibility of the resident.

Finally, the following is a diagram which shows how residents can remove snow in a manner that will lessen amount of snow that is pushed back into the driveway from a subsequent pass by a plow:

Hours of Operation:

Office: M–F: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Garage: M–F  7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Services: M–F  7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Municipal Solid Waste: M–F: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Hours: M-F 6:00 am – 2:00 pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Contact Information:

Office: 860.446.4127
Garage: 860.446.4160
Fax: 860.446.4133

Off-Hour Emergency: Call Police at 860-445-2451

Address: 295 Meridian Street, Groton, CT

Public Works Director: William J. Robarge


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