Snow & Ice Removal

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Clearing City streets is a difficult process that takes time, hard work and good communication between residents, business owners and the City. The City has 144 miles of roads to clear, limited equipment, and few employees available for around-the-clock snow removal operations.

Snow removal route priorities

Icy street conditions and/or snow fall will initiate mobilization of de-icing, sanding, and plowing equipment in accordance with the following priorities: 

  • Priority #1: Main arterials – to keep hospitals, fire stations, police stations, and emergency rescue connected
  • Priority #2: All remaining arterials, bus routes, selected garbage collection routes
  • Priority #3: Other arterials connecting major traffic volume streets and providing access to schools
  • Priority #4: All remaining residential streets

To view a map of Snow Removal Route Priorities, please click here.

It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it cannot be avoided.

To reduce the amount of snow pushed into your driveway, please pile any snow that is shoveled from the driveway to the right side of the driveway opening (right side determined by standing in your driveway and looking towards the street).  

How can you help? 

  • Park vehicles in driveways or parking areas off the main streets. This allows us to clear the roadways faster and better. 
  • Shovel snow away from sidewalks and driveways. 
  • Prepare for winter storms and stay home. For more information on winter weather preparedness, please click here.
  • Report potholes and icy intersections to the Public Works Department at (360) 417-4800 or If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message with the information. The supervisor will be monitoring these messages from the field.  

Snow removal can be a monumental task, and Public Works appreciates your understanding.

Additional Information:

View Snow and Ice Removal Procedures and FAQs.