The Snow Plan
Snow removal on public streets in Lakewood is one of the Public
Works Department's major responsibilities. The Street Maintenance Division has
developed a comprehensive snow plan outlining the network of streets that
will be cleared, kept open and maintained except under unusual conditions.
The snow plan is intended to organize snow-removal operations and keep
traffic moving throughout the community.
The snow removal plan sets
the following priorities:
Arterials and major
Priorities Two and Three
Minor collector streets, school zones, hilly residential
streets and shopping areas.
Residential streets are plowed only when snow depth
seriously impedes vehicle mobility and melting is not forecast to occur
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Snow Plan Operation
City crews begin plowing and
sanding priority one streets when snow begins to accumulate on the pavement.
After the priority one streets have been adequately cleared, crews move to
priority two and three streets.
City crews work around the
clock until the snowfall has stopped and all priority streets have been
plowed and sanded to an acceptable level.
are routinely plowed and sanded during each snowstorm. Sanding provides
traction and is normally done only at intersections, on hills and curves or
in specific problem areas.
Once all priority one, two and
three streets are adequately cleared, residential streets are plowed when
snow depth seriously impedes vehicle mobility and melting is not forecast
to occur quickly.
Heavy snow and continued
freeze-and-thaw cycles will sometimes cause a buildup of ice in gutters or on
street crosspans. When this happens, City crews will remove the ice on a
complaint basis, as resources allow.