The Snow Plan
Snow removal on public streets in Lakewood is one of the Public Works Department's major responsibilities. The division has developed a comprehensive snow plan outlining the network of streets that will be cleared, kept open and maintained - except under unusual conditions. The snow plan is intended to organize snow-removal operations and keep traffic moving through the community.
The snow-removal plan sets the following priorities:
Arterials and major collector
Priorities Two and Three
streets, school zones, hilly residential streets and shopping areas.
Residential streets are
plowed only when snow depth seriously impedes vehicle mobility and melting is
not forecast to occur quickly.
View a map of
priority snow-removal streets. (Large file that may require a longer download
begin plowing and sanding “priority one” streets when snow begins to accumulate
on the pavement. After the priority one streets have been adequately covered,
crews move to priority two and three streets.
City crews work
around the clock until the snowfall has stopped and all priority streets have
been plowed and sanded to an acceptable level.
are routinely plowed and sanded during each snowstorm. Sanding provides
traction and is normally done only at intersections, on hills and curves or in
specific problem areas.
Once all priority one, two and three
streets are adequately cleared, residential streets are plowed when snow depth
seriously impedes vehicle mobility and melting is not forecast to occur
Heavy snow and continued
freeze-and-thaw cycles will sometimes cause a buildup of ice in gutters, or on
street crosspans. When this happens, City crews will remove the ice on a
complaint basis, as resources allow.