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Posted on: January 3, 2022

Snowstorm Recovery: Help Keep Streets Accessible for Plows, Sidewalks Accessible for Pedestrians

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As North Bend recovers from over a week of sub-freezing temperatures and multiple snow events, there are ways residents and businesses can help take care of their neighbors, their customers, and also assist the City’s snow recovery efforts.

Even though temperatures are predicted to warm as the week progresses, with the amount of snow accumulated on streets, roadsides, and sidewalks, it will likely take many days before the remnants of our holiday snowstorms are completely gone.

Here are some ways you can help keep City streets accessible for snowplows, sidewalks clear for pedestrians – and help City operations during and after snow events:

  • If possible, do not park your vehicle on the street or in your cul-de-sac. An empty street makes the passage of snowplows and sand spreaders much easier. Shovel your driveway so you can park on your property.
  • 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 it a little extra room.
  • It is the responsibility of homeowners and business owners to shovel the public sidewalks along their property frontages. If you are able, please shovel your adjacent sidewalk to the property line, placing the snow in your yard. For businesses, shovel  to piles near the edge of the sidewalk, but not into the roadway.
  • Never shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways into the streets. The snowplows 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. Pushing the snow from your driveway onto the road will add to the pack on the roads, making a hazardous situation.  
  • Please shovel and remove snow near any catch basins if they are in front of your home. Melting snow will drain into the City’s storm drainage system and this will reduce possible flooding and icing in the street, as well as the chance of flooding on yours and/or your neighbor’s property.  
  • Garbage and recycling cans should not be placed on the road. Keep them on the sidewalk and remove them as soon as possible following collection.
  • When walking, do so on the left side of the road (facing traffic) where there are no sidewalks, or the sidewalks are impassable due to snow. Give the snowplows as much room as possible.  

The City thanks residents for their assistance and greatly appreciates neighborly efforts to assist community members who may not be able to shovel snow, get to the grocery store, or navigate winter road conditions. 

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