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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Helpful Tips to Prepare for Snow and Ice Removal

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With snow predicted for our area starting as early as Saturday night through next week, the City is getting prepared for snow removal. When there is a need for snow plows, the Public Works Department will prioritize snow removal based on the City’s Snow Plow Route Map.

Remember, the City does not plow private roads or driveways or remove snow from sidewalks fronting private properties. Residents are encouraged to shovel sidewalks in front of your homes to keep pathways safe for pedestrians.

The City asks residents to follow these tips to make sure your streets are accessible for the plows to help ensure city streets can be cleared for motorists.

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 any 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 not very nimble.  
  • Do not 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. Consider shoveling snow onto your lawn or on the vegetated areas.
  • Pile snow shoveled from your driveway entrance 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 drivers 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 – If there is significant snow, please don’t drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must be out on the roads 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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