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Old 08-11-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: NE Nebraska
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When the snowplow whacks your mailbox who pays? Do you have to get a new mailbox or does the government entity that owns the snow plow get you a new mailbox?
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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When the snowplow whacks your mailbox who pays? Do you have to get a new mailbox or does the government entity that owns the snow plow get you a new mailbox?
In our county, we pay. The road commision owns from the center of the road 25 foot either way. Our mail box is on THEIR land.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: In a happy place
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It varies from area to area. In our area, if the mailbox is actually hit by the snowplow, the government entity that owns the snowplow is responsible. If the mailbox is damaged by snow thrown by the plow, it is your responsibility.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Valley City, ND
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When the snowplow whacks your mailbox who pays? Do you have to get a new mailbox or does the government entity that owns the snow plow get you a new mailbox?
It also depends on where your mailbox is placed. 'Legally' you are supposed to have one of those that's mounted on a long arm so the post is way back from the road. It's also supposed to swing out of the way when hit. You don't see amny of those yet, tho the laws have been on the books for many years & most local post offices don't bother to enforce it.

In reality, around here, we're usually just so darned happy to see the snowplow, we're not going to raise a ruckus about a damaged mailbox.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:14 PM
 
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It varies from area to area. In our area, if the mailbox is actually hit by the snowplow, the government entity that owns the snowplow is responsible. If the mailbox is damaged by snow thrown by the plow, it is your responsibility.

same where I live.

The new swing away posts were installed in our township about 4 years ago.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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It also depends on where your mailbox is placed. 'Legally' you are supposed to have one of those that's mounted on a long arm so the post is way back from the road. It's also supposed to swing out of the way when hit. You don't see amny of those yet, tho the laws have been on the books for many years & most local post offices don't bother to enforce it.

In reality, around here, we're usually just so darned happy to see the snowplow, we're not going to raise a ruckus about a damaged mailbox.
I don't think that mounting the box on a long or swing-away arm is actually a USPS regulation... a good idea, that's for sure, but I don't think it's an actual regulation.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I see a lot of swinging mail boxes.

I do not have one.

A long section of pipe sunk in the ground at a 30 degree angle. So it enters the ground just passed the ditch. When you stand on the pavement edge, and take 2 steps onto the shoulder the pipe's raised end is maybe 5 feet high, right there. And the mail box is suspended right there.

Our mailbox is on a post. The first year it was there, I got a notice from the mail carrier that it was too far from the shoulder. So with each snow dump I would shovel the snow bank back a bit so the carrier could reach our box.

The snow plow does their job and leaves a snow bank maybe 2 feet from the edge of the pavement.

So the next summer I moved the post closer to the pavement edge. That following winter it was perfect.

I do not think that the county would replace any knocked down mail boxes.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I worked for the state highway department in Kentucky for 26 years. If the snow plow, or the snow from the plow knocked your mail box over, or in the summer if one of the tractors mowing the right of way (That 25 ft. Driller talked about, but it's 30 here) hits it, the state buys and replaces it, post included. But with the post you just get a regulation post. If you have one of those fancy mailboxes that look like a bass or something like that, all you get put back is a plane black one. We also graveled the pull off to the mailbox, as long as it wasn't off the right of way. This was state regulation not just our county.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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It varies from area to area.
Have personal experience with localities in NY (town pays) and in PA (town won't pay).
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:27 AM
 
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I'll bet snowplow drivers who consistently have complaints of hitting mailboxes with his snowplow stay employed very long.

( regardless of no replacement law )
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