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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Snow and Ice Removal

It has finally hit us: the cold snowy season which we call winter!   In the event of snow, the City’s snow plows will be mobilized.  It is extremely helpful to the Public Works Department if citizens move vehicles into their driveways.  Anything left on the street that can be moved onto your property will help to provide the plows the ability to clear routes for all citizens.  Not only will it save you time shoveling snow, it will also make it much more likely that the snow plows can get into areas that are a tight fit. 

In the event that there is a need for snow plows the Public Works Department will work to maintain both primary and secondary routes. The City does not plow private roads or driveways or remove snow from sidewalks.  For the City’s Snow Plow Route Map see the document link posted below.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated during severe weather. The following are snow tips to assist us in providing you with the best service possible:

  • Be Safe – Drive for winter conditions - slower speeds and slower acceleration.   Allow extra time to reach your destination.  Carry the essentials in your car (full tank of gas, warm clothes, water/snacks, first aid kit, jumper cables, cellphone charger and flares).  Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you and slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If possible, do not park your vehicle on the street or in your cul-de-sac - An empty street makes the passage of snow plows and sand spreaders much easier.
  • Do not attempt to stop the plow truck operators - They follow specific routes and are under the direction of Public Works. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, slow down and give the plow a little extra room.  Please direct all comments directly to the Public Works Department at (425) 888-0486 during business hours or (425) 736-7697 after hours to report emergencies.
  • Walk on the left side of the road (facing traffic) where there are no sidewalks or the sidewalks are impassable due to snow. Give the snow plows as much room as possible. Our drivers are courteous, but the equipment they are operating are large and complex.  
  • Never shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways into the streets - The snow plows always push the snow to the side of the road so the snow will be pushed back onto your driveway rather than plow it away. Pushing the snow from your driveway onto the road will add to the pack on the roads making a hazardous situation.
  • Pile snow shoveled from your driveway on the right side facing the street - This reduces the chance of having the plow pile the snow over your driveway entrance after you have shoveled it out. Our driver's attempt to leave clear entrances to driveways whenever possible. This is not always possible following heavy snowfall.
  • Please shovel any catch basins if they are in front of your home - Melting snow can drain into the storm system and this will reduce possible flooding and icing in the street as well as the chance of flooding on your property.
  • Garbage cans and recycling should not be placed on the road - Keep them on the sidewalk and remove them as soon as possible after they have been emptied.
Snow Plow Route Map
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