Snow Removal Priorities

During a typical snow operation, the city's streets can be completed in a 24 continuous hour period by two crews working 12-hour shifts. Crews follow routes based on street priority.

 Priority 1: Thoroughfares & Bridges

High traffic volume multilane roads such as Metcalf Avenue, College Boulevard and Antioch Road. Plowed continuously during snow operations.

 Priority 2: Collectors

Two-lane streets bordering a neighborhood or commercial area that move traffic to a thoroughfare street such as Lamar, 71st and 133rd Streets. Plowed from the start of snow operations until completed. Typically completed in the first 12-hour shift.

 Priority 3: Residential Streets

Plowed after snowfall stops and after priority 2 streets are treated and cleared. Plowing is not required for ice or snowfalls of less than two inches, but crews will apply materials to improve vehicle traction. Plows will make a single pass around the perimeter of cul-de-sacs. When a large storm results in the build up of snow and ice, crews will completely plow cul-de-sacs after all streets have been completed.


Call 911 if there is a medical, fire or other public safety emergency. Police personnel will alert snow plow operators and resources will be immediately dispatched to provide emergency service support.