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With over 600+ lane miles of roadway tomaintain, it is difficult to plow all of the streetswith the City’s limited staff and equipment.Most of the First Priority routes contain fourlanes plus turning lanes; these routes can keepequipment busy 24 hours a day, even after thesnow quits falling. The City’s goal is to maintaina safe travel route for you and your family. The City makes every effort to get to the lowerpriority streets when weather and conditionsallow.
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The City’s primary goal (and duty) is to provide safe and open access to the main roadwaysystem. To be fiscally responsible, and inthe interest of public safety, it would not befeasible for the City to provide this service.
Plowing and piling snow into the center of astreet creates a safety hazard. The freeze-thawcycle creates a bigger challenge when themelting snow freezes on the road surfaceduring the evening. Traffic flow is restrictedby eliminating a portion of a driving lane, andit creates sight obstructions for low groundclearance vehicles.
Yes, on designated streets where parkingis normally allowed. However, if parked onthe street, your car could inadvertently besurrounded by a snowbank following plowingoperations. Maneuvering a snowplow in andout between parked vehicles can be verydangerous, and it is not an efficient way toplow snow. If you have the opportunity to avoidparking in the street, it is greatly appreciatedand encouraged.