Snow Removal Procedures
Snow & Ice Control Services
The Town of Erie Public Works Operation and Maintenance Division is ready with a snow control plan to keep streets safe and accessible during periods of snow and ice. The goal is to provide snow and ice control services on primary and secondary routes. At the direction of the Public Works Director and only in instances when snowstorms leave large accumulations that are expected to remain for several days, Residential Streets are plowed down the center of the street (one pass).
Ice Control Material
The Town applies ice material to roadways to improve traction and accelerate ice melt. Snow plow operators are instructed to apply varying amounts of ice material depending on road and weather conditions (ice material is effective at 30 degrees and above). Typically, ice material is applied at intersections, curves, and hills.
The Town will also use magnesium chloride. This is used as a pre-treatment to minimize the amount of ice bonding to road surfaces in the early stages of a snow event, as well as aid in ice control throughout an event.
By Town Ordinance, property owners are responsible for clearing their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours following each snowstorm. A citation and/or fine may be issued if the property owner fails to comply. Snow should not be shoveled into the streets, but rather the snow should be placed back on the resident's property.
Street Snow Removal Priorities
- Primary Routes: Major arterials and school access are the critical routes providing access into and out of Erie. Snow removal efforts will be concentrated on the Primary Routes throughout the snowstorm.
- Secondary Routes: Minor arterials and collector streets connecting the neighborhoods to the Primary Routes. These routes are plowed only after all Primary Routes have been completed.
- Tertiary Routes: At the direction of the Public Works Director and only in instances when snowstorms leave large accumulations that are expected to remain for several days, residential streets are plowed down the center of the street (one pass).
View an interactive Snow Removal Map to see locations of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Routes.
Emergency Access of Residential Streets
A resident who has a police, fire, or medical emergency during a severe snowstorm should call 911. In the event it is necessary for Erie Police, Mountain View Fire Department, or emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to respond, the affected residential street(s) will be plowed to accommodate emergency vehicles.
Please contact the Public Works Department at 303-926-2872 for more information.