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Posted on: December 23, 2017

Tips for Snow and Ice Removal Preparation

Winter is upon us and the City is gearing up for snow removal. Follow these tips to make sure your streets are accessible for the plows.

In the event of measurable snow, please move any vehicles or other moveable items on the street into your driveway. This will save you time shoveling snow, and also make it more likely that the snow plows can get into areas that are a tight fit.

When there is a need for snow plows, the Public Works Department will work to maintain both primary and secondary routes. Remember, the City does not plow private roads or driveways or remove snow from sidewalks. For the City’s Snow Plow Route Map, go to

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated during severe weather. The following tips will help us in providing you the best service possible:

• 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. If you shovel snow into the street, it will be pushed back onto your driveway rather than plowing 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.
• Drive for winter conditions – Don’t drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must be out on the road during winter conditions, slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination. Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case of sliding. Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. Carry winter essentials in your car, including a full tank of gas, warm clothes, boots, water and snacks, first aid kit, jumper cables, cellphone charger, flares and a blanket.
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