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Snow Removal

Every year, we receive questions, comments, and complaints regarding snow removal. Below are some common topics. Thank you in advanced for your cooperation! Call 865-4222 if you have any further questions.

Snow Plowing Procedures

When our plows respond to a snow or ice event, their first job is to clear the main thoroughfares, such as Calumet Avenue, Sheffield Avenue, Hart Street, and 213th Street. Then, we move into subdivisions and begin clearing those secondary roads, followed by cul-de-sacs.

Our plows begin by moving snow away from the center line of the street toward the curb line, with a goal of getting as close to the curb line as possible sot hat vehicles can utilize the entire road. Depending on the width of the road, it can take up to three passes to clear the road.

In cul-de-sacs, we generally try to plow the snow away from the curb and toward the center of a cul-de-sac at first so that residents can get to their homes. Then, we follow that up by pushing the snow up against the most strategically available spot along the curb in the cul-de-sac. These streets can be problematic due to the limited amount of available curb area at which snow can be placed. In large snow events, we may have to haul the snow out of cul-de-sacs.

Pushing Snow into Driveways

We always receive complaints about our trucks plowing snow into cleared driveway entrances. We regret that this occurs and recognize that it can be a serious inconvenience, but it is unavoidable. It would take much longer to clear the streets if we took the time to avoid the driveways. Here are some tips for this situation:
  • When clearing your driveway, please take a moment to see if the street has been cleared to the curb line. If it has not, you can expect that a plow will be making another pass down your street. If you can, try to wait to clear the end of your driveway until the street has been cleared the the curb. This way, you avoid having to clear the end of your driveway more than once.
  • It can also help if you shovel or blow snow to the right of your driveway (when standing in your driveway and facing the street, this right). If you have a large pile of snow on the left side of your driveway, it is much more likely that it will be pushed back into your driveway by a plow. 

Example of pushing snow to the right of the driveway.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. Our priority is ensuring the roads are completely clear and safe for residents and emergency vehicles to travel on.

And a reminder: When you're clearing your driveway, please do not throw or blow snow into the street. It makes the job for plow drivers much more difficult and makes the road less safe. 

On-Street Parking
Parking on the street is prohibited after 2" of snow accumulates until the street has been cleared. We ask for your continued cooperation in keeping vehicles off of the street during these events. 

Fire Hydrants
If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please try to make sure it does not get buried with snow. You want to make sure the fire department can easily access it in case of emergency.

Mailboxes
In addition to the instructions on the pages below, please make sure to keep the area around your mailbox clear.