Feb 18, 2014

Where are the snow fences?

Has it ever been considered to put up temporary snow fences in certain spots on Bogart Road or the stretch of U.S. 250 between Avery and Perkins Township? It is by far and away terrible areas for drifting snow, even when there is very little snow on the ground. How long would it take each winter to erect and take down temporary snow fences from say Thanksgiving weekend through early March? How much would it cost? Marc and Jim in Norwalk

Erie County engineer Jack Farschman provided the following response:

We routinely every year starting around Thanksgiving, as a matter of fact, erect snow fences throughout Erie County along our county roadways in areas. We know from past experience they will be effective. That being said, weather patterns are rather unpredictable and as such, other unprotected areas occasionally surface. I'd appreciate knowing exactly where, along Bogart Road the person has reference to. Additionally, when installed, is has proven to be most effective further back off our right-of-way which requires us to get permission from the property owner, and lots of them simply don't want to accommodate the request due to when they till and plant.

As to any stretch along a state highway in Erie County, I suggest ODOT District #3 can answer the question (Call 1-800-276-4188). The county has no jurisdiction over those highways. And finally, it's really not a matter of cost so much as it is one of keeping our roadways as safe as we can through the winter months. We simply do what we can, where we can.

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Eph 2 8-10

Hey Jack, there's no snow fence on Columbus Ave across from the Fair Grounds like there's been in past years. You should know of that one....

The Answer Person

People who own farm properties and other lands also know that snow is a problem and they could put some up too.

Truth or Dare

None in the field at the Rte. 101 S curve leading to the new Sandusky overpass either. Along w/no guardrails let alone lighting! When that snow is blowing and drifting, you have to guess where the sides of the road begins/ends.

Ralph J.

Living snow fence such as this fence row would work.


Ralph J.

Standing rows of corn make a good snow fence.



I agree Ralph. Remember Rt.250 & the experiment with the standing corn? Worked great. That saved much labour & $$ for the populace. imo any Agri-business getting subsidies should be mandated to do the corn fence where applicable. We the people pay for it. It is our money.

William Jeffers...

We shouldn't mow the roadside grasses past August. It's usually ODOT or local agencies that are out there with the tractors mowing the easements from the fields to the road side. Plus we would save on mowing costs at the end of the growing season.


What a gay question.

kcender's picture

" I'd appreciate knowing exactly where " ask the snow plow drivers they should know where they happen ever year !!!As far as the farmers I'm positive you can come to an agreement with them..


Road safety is more important than anything. Putting up snow fences when there is not tilling or plowing should not bother anyone if the fences are removed in a timely manner and that should be an agreed upon time with any farmer.

If you haven't driven Rt 101, they needed snow fences there AND a light or two. Why they have a light on a CLOSED road when it could have been moved and placed on the new road is beyond me. But with truck traffic coming in and going out on that new road, it is creating a big hazard for one and all. The fence and the lights were a must this winter. ODOT or the county dropped the ball on that one.


Some of the blame lies with Earl Butz. Get rid of woods & fencerows. Subsidize the big guys - eliminate the little guys.