Your Salt Lake City Snow Fighter Team would like to offer these tips to make winter in Salt Lake City a little easier on all of us. Please help make snow removal safer and effective by observing the following information:
- Snow Fighter crews work around the clock to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient travel network of 1,858 lane miles of roadway during adverse conditions. These crews work hard to remove snow and ice within 36 hours after the end of a snowstorm.
- The City has three designated priorities for how roads are cleared – Priority 1, Priority 2, and Priority 3. Learn more about what those priorities are by viewing our Snow Removal Priority Map.
- There are 7.8 miles of City sidewalks that are located adjacent to viaducts and overpasses on I-15, I-215, I-80, and other designated locations. The City will begin snow removal within 24 hours after the end of the storm for those sidewalks.
- The City designates protected bike lanes as Priority 1 and will work quickly to clear snow and ice in those bike lanes. Note – our snow removal equipment for these spaces isn’t operated at nighttime, so we will be out there as soon as possible once it’s light outside.
- If possible, park vehicles off the streets during a storm and for up to 36 hours after a storm.
- You must move your vehicle every 48 hours from where it is parked. See ordinance 12.56.520 (Using Streets for Storage Prohibited).
- If you must park on the street, do not park directly opposite another vehicle on the other side of the street to avoid a bottle neck.
- Park as close to the curb as possible.
- Please do not pull out in front of or attempt to pass a snow plow.
- Never tailgate a snowplow truck. Stay at least 200 feet away from plows at all times. If you can’t see the mirrors on the truck, they can’t see you.
- Be alert and drive with caution. Remember that winter storms create slick road conditions. Maintain safe distances between vehicles and decrease your normal driving speeds to allow for additional time to stop. If possible put snow tires on your vehicle.
- Beware of snowplow trucks backing up. Be sure to give them plenty of room.
- When snow is in the forecast, plan your trips to the grocery store, bank, etc. before it snows. The less traffic we have to deal with, the faster we can work.
- Don’t allow children to play on or near the street when snow plowing and ice control is in progress.
- Beware when walking or cycling, as the snow coming off the snowplow can be dangerous.
- Residents who remove snow from their driveways or sidewalks are reminded that municipal ordinances prohibit placing snow or ice on any public street. For more information on sidewalk snow removal click here.
- Help your neighbors with snow removal. People who are elderly or people with disabilities may need assistance with meeting their obligation as property owners to remove snow from adjacent sidewalks.