Green Infrastructure

  1. Living Snow Fence
  2. Protecting Open Spaces
  3. Rain Gardens
  4. Filtration Basins

Living Snow Fence

Living Snow Fences

Rows of native trees or shrubs planted to keep snow from drifting on roads, which reduces snow removal costs, related energy costs and makes roads safer for winter drivers.

A living snow fence has several advantages over commercial wood slat or polyethylene snow fences.  It is less expensive, does not have to be installed and taken down annually, is almost maintenance-free once established, and is more visually appealing.

What are the benefits of living snow fence?

  • Prevents snow drifts that can cause crashes and result in stranded motorists
  • Improves driver visibility
  • Reduces roadway maintenance costs by reducing plow time and salt usage
  • Lessens environmental impact with less salt use, fewer truck trips, and less fuel consumption
  • Controls soil erosion and reduces spring flooding
  • Provides wildlife habitat

The LCDOT design team is considering areas where living snow fences with bushes or trees can be incorporated into our projects. This was recently done as part of the reconstruction and widening of Peterson Road in central Lake County. As part of the project, a row of bushes was planted on the north side of Peterson Road at Alleghany Road. As the bushes grow to maturity, the benefit of the living snow fence will be fully realized.