Snow Removal

Overview

“Snow routes” have been established to focus the city’s snow removal operations on primary transportation corridors. These routes have been scaled to fully utilize the city’s snow removal equipment. View the Snow Routes Map for information about specific street priorities.

While the city's snow removal operations in residential areas are limited, city crews do respond to safety hazards at intersections and obstructions to storm drains or gutters caused by accumulated snow and ice.


Snow Removal Classifications and Priorities

Tier I – This classification is assigned to roads that will be plowed to maintain continuous all-weather access within the maximum capabilities of the City. These roads include major arterials, key emergency access routes, and routes that provide key connections to surrounding municipalities and highways (State and U.S.).

Tier II – Indicates that the road will be plowed to provide reasonable all-weather access. These roads are considered minor arterial and collector roads and primary access routes to schools for school buses. Every attempt will be made to plow these roads the same day as the storm.

Tier III – Indicates that the road will be plowed to provide reasonable all-weather access. These roads are typically local roads adjacent to Tier II roads. Every attempt will be made to plow these roads the same day as the storm.

Tier IV – Indicates that the surface will be plowed to provide reasonable all-weather access. These surfaces are typically local roads within residential subdivisions that are not adjacent to Tier II roads and public recreational trails. These surfaces will be plowed after all other roads.

Depending on storm intensity, duration, equipment failure, or other emergencies, snow removal on roads within each tier may be delayed or suspended to provide the resources necessary to meet higher tier snow removal objectives. 


Sidewalks
Residents and businesses can help ease the impact of snowstorms by keeping public sidewalks free of snow and ice as required by city ordinance. Please help keep gutters and storm drains open by NOT shoveling snow into the street. Diligence in removing snow and ice from sidewalks is an important courtesy to your fellow residents and contributes to everyone’s safety.

Of course, there are many hazards inherent to snow and ice and residents should use caution when walking or driving under these conditions. Help keep yourself and others safe during snowy weather by becoming familiar with the city's snow removal routes and policies.