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Monitoring Roads for Snow and Ice Control

The City of Oregon  Street Division monitors, evaluates and maintains all public roadways before, during and after a winter snow event.  During regular business hours, the Street Superintendent and/or Crew Leaders will determine when the roadways present the need for snow and ice prevention, control or removal.  After regular business hours, the Police Department Road Sergeants will then determine when the conditions warrant notification to the Superintendent of Streets or the Crew Leader on call to assign snow crews as necessary.

Snow Plow Assignments and Priority Roads

The City of Oregon is divided into six sectors with a snow plow assigned to each sector.  Priorities are given to main roads (typically roads with posted speeds of 35 M.P.H. or greater), intersections, school zones and roads with hills and curves.  The main roads are cleared first followed by secondary roads.  Secondary roads are moderately traveled roads that connect multiple subdivisions or residential areas.  Subdivisions and residential streets are maintained after all main and secondary roads have been determined to be safe and passable.

The main roads that are designated as priorities are:  Navarre Ave. (State Rt. 2), Starr Ave., Seaman Rd., Corduroy Rd., Cedar Point Rd., Otter Creek/Bay Shore Rds., Millard Ave. overpass to the Toledo City Limits, Woodville Rd., Brown Rd., Pickle Rd., Wheeling St., Coy Rd., Lallendorf Rd., Wynn Rd., Stadium Rd., Norden Rd. and Bury Rd.  Furthermore, when the need arises, Oregon Police and Fire personnel work with snow removal crews to clear areas where emergency personnel are needed.

Extended Snow Events

When experiencing extended snow events, it is necessary for the snow plow operators to repeatedly make passes on the main roads to keep traffic flowing safely.  The number of passes may increase due to drifting snow from high winds and/or dry snow.  The drifting snow is more common on the main roads in the rural areas of the City.  Thus, delays in plowing and/or salting of neighborhood streets are likely.  Residents are urged to be patient during these types of events as all areas will be addressed as soon as possible.

Parking during Snow Events

During snow events, residents are encouraged to use off street parking.  By parking off the streets, snow plow crews are able to more efficiently clear the streets of snow and ice.  During major snowstorms, snow emergencies can be put into effect by the Mayor or the Lucas County Sheriff.  At that time all vehicles are required to be removed from the streets to enable crews to clear roadways safely and efficiently.  Vehicles that are not moved during snow emergencies are subject to towing.

Guidelines When Clearing Sidewalks and Driveways

Snowplow crews first open the center of secondary and residential streets and then return to push snow to the curb (curb to curb removal).  Residents are encouraged to wait until snow crews have completed their final round of removal before removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks next to the streets.  Most of the feedback that we receive from residents is from those that spend a good deal of time clearing their driveways and sidewalks only to have the snow pushed back into those driveways and sidewalks when the snowplow operators make their final pass.  We have all dealt with the frustration of having a plow push snow back over a shoveled driveway, but there is simply no practical system for plowing streets that can prevent such occurrences.

Residents are required by Oregon Municipal Code section 909.25 to clear their sidewalks within twenty-four (24) hours of its accumulation.  Snow, ice, dirt and other debris shall not be placed in the street, gutter or sidewalk.

After snowplow crews have cleared the street, residents are NOT to push, plow, blow or shovel snow or ice from their driveways into the street.  Keep in mind that passing motorists will be driving over any snow placed back into the street and possibly creating a dangerous condition.  Please be advised that when temperatures drop, that snow forms slippery patches that can result in driving hazards.  

Snow Plowing in Cul-De-Sacs

Several residential subdivisions within the City of Oregon have cul-de-sacs.  Our snowplow operators make every effort to clear snow in the cul-de-sac as they would any other roadway.  However, cul-de-sacs do present removal challenges.   Furthermore, due to the scientific principle of centrifugal force, the snow plow cannot throw snow to the center of the cul-de-sac.  Again, residents should not plow or shovel their driveways into the street.

Snow Plow Safety on the Road

The snowplow operator’s vision is often reduced by blowing snow coming off the plow blade.  Do not assume the snowplow operators can see you approaching.  When following a snowplow, if you cannot see the side mirrors on the truck, the driver cannot see you.

Remember, snowplows must maintain a certain speed for the plows to be effective.

For your safety and the safety of our snowplow operators, give them plenty of room to make wide turns, keep a safe distance (100 feet) and do not pass the plows.

City crews can do a more efficient job when residents travel only when necessary and use off street parking whenever possible.

Also, be advised that snowplows sometimes need to back up to properly clear snow from a street.  Please stay back at least 100 feet or more from the rear of the plow truck.

Safety of Children

Caution your children not to play in snow piles or drifts near the street and to always stay clear of the snowplows.

Safety of Refuse and Recycle Crews

On refuse and recycle collection days, place your refuse and recycle containers in your driveways as normal, but do not place on top of snow piles along the edge of the street.  

Mailboxes

Prior to winter weather, inspect and/or repair your mailbox so it is sturdy enough to withstand snow, ice and slush etc. that is thrown from the snowplows.  When notified by residents, the city does repair mailboxes that have been damaged by the snowplows.  

Snow Emergency Levels (as determined by the Lucas County Sheriff’s office)

Level 1

•For all roads and streets in Lucas County, including state, county and township roads, and all city streets
•Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting sno
•Roads are icy
•Caution should be used when driving

Level 2

•For all roads and streets in Lucas County, including state, county and township roads, and all city streets
•Roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow
•Only those persons who feel it is necessary to drive, should be out on the roadways
•Your employer should be contacted to see if you should report to work

Level 3

•For all roads and streets in Lucas County, including state, county and township roads, and all city streets
•All roadways are closed to non-emergency traffic•Employees should contact their employers to see if they should report to work
•An employer may request that all essential employees report to work
•All other travel is subject to arrest

This means that no person except operators of public safety vehicles on duty or otherwise responding to an emergency; and essential news media personnel, including reporters, support, and production employees; health care and other emergency personnel; and essential employees of critical infrastructure facilities, may drive on roads and streets in Lucas County.  All others traveling on roadways might be subject to arrest.  All public safety employees must report to work as scheduled.

Contact us

If you should have questions regarding this Snow Removal Policy, please contact the Street Division of the Public Service Department at (419) 698-7016 for more information.