continue their routes, please stay off the roadways.
It takes crews 4 hours on average to go through each route one time. In a typical 4 inch snowfall, approximately 200 tons of salt and 300 tons of salt/sand mix are used. It takes approximately 15 hours to complete one entire pass of the City.
Residents can make it easier on crews during winter storms by parking vehicles in driveways when possible. This makes it safer and more efficient for our City crews to plow the streets when vehicles are not parked in the roadways.
Other tips to help expedite snow removal and ensure public safety:
-- If you don't have to out to get drive, don't!
-- If you have to drive in winter weather conditions, consider the following tips:
Stay back at least 50' from the rear of the plow truck so the driver can see you.
Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Have an emergency/safety kit in the car in case of a breakdown or accident - with flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, basic first aid kit, etc.)
Try to limit your driving during winter storms. The fewer cars on the roadways, makes it easier for efficient snow removal.
In the event you are in a non-emergency accident and your vehicle is still driveable, you're encouraged to drive to safety.
-- Children are attracted to snowplow trucks. Teach your children to stay behind the sidewalks when they see the trucks coming.
-- When shoveling your driveway, avoid placing the snow from your driveway back into the street. You will also find that less snow is pushed into your driveway by shoveling the snow from your driveway to the down side of your driveway (down street is the direction traffic flows).
-- If you have a fire hydrant near your property be sure to remove snow from around it to assist fire personnel in the event of a fire.
-- Remember to clear sidewalks adjacent to your property.