Ice and Snow Emergency Information
During an ice/snow emergency, listen to local radio and television stations for regular weather updates. If you have questions about which streets are emergency routes and subject to an emergency parking ban, view our map, or call 541-682-4800.
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Ice and Snow Preparation
Maintaining city streets during winter storm conditions is the responsibility of the Public Works Maintenance Division. The Public Works Ice / Snow Emergency Plan is designed to keep the major thoroughfares of the transportation systems operational and safe during ice and snow events.
Winter storms can cause significant economic impacts on the community depending on the intensity and duration of the storm. During winter events, our goal is to minimize economic and environmental impacts on the community and to provide the prudent motorist with a reasonably safe traveling surface. The Maintenance Division maintains approximately 1300 lane miles of streets, 600 of which are priority ice/snow routes. Only for the purpose of emergency response will streets not identified as priority ice/snow routes be maintained during ice/snow operations.
Not all city streets receive service during winter events. Ice and snow routes have been established and prioritized into three route categories. Routes are grouped by geographical area. The main emphasis will be on priorities 1 and 2, which largely include arterial and a select group of collector streets. Also, police and fire requests, primary streets to hospital, school and LTD snow routes are among some of the top priorities in the Ice/Snow Emergency Plan:
- Priority #1 routes consist mainly of arterial streets, bridges and major intersections.
- Priority #2 routes consist mainly of collector streets.
- Priority #3 routes consist of neighborhood collectors and will only be addressed during extended storms, providing the personnel and equipment are available and priorities #1 and #2 routes are adequately covered.
MethodsIn order to maintain designated snow routes during winter storm events, the Maintenance Division will utilize a variety of ice and snow control methods. Traditional methods include the use of snow plows to clear travel lanes and sanders which apply aggregate on street surfaces for the purpose of traction control. In addition the application of liquid deicing and anti-icing products are used.
Sidewalks and Overhead Hazards Following Winter/Weather Events
Property owners are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks and driveway aprons in good repair and safe condition, which includes clearing ice, snow, slippery leaves, and other debris, per City Code.
As soon as possible, clear your sidewalks and driveway apron (where sidewalk crosses driveway) of snow, ice, leaves and debris following a snow/weather event. Property owners should maintain a space so people who walk have a safe path, free of snow, ice and other debris. Property owners are also required to advise people of any danger of falling ice or snow from their buildings. Please make arrangements to post an advisory (sign or sandwich board) and eliminate the hazard.
During the plowing of priority routes, crews will create a snow berm in front of driveways. This is unavoidable. Property owners are responsible for clearing away the snow berm from driveways and entrances.
Businesses hiring contractors to remove snow from lots should never dump snow on the street or in the public right-of-way. All snow needs to be placed on private property.