Why Isn’t My Street Plowed?

Snow plowing on arterial and collector roads always takes a first priority  For obvious reasons the high capacity roads must come before smaller neighborhood roads. During our large and long storm following Christmas, crews spent almost all their time cleaning high capacity roads. Almost as quick as they could plow them, they were once again covered with snow. Next in priority comes regulated intersections, hillsides and curves followed by secondary and residential streets.
One of the most common questions I’ve had during the recent snow storm is why hasn’t the City plowed University Avenue. Many are surprised to learn that roads owned by the State are plowed by the UDOT and not the City. These include University Avenue, South State Street, 300 South and 500 West. Much like the City they also make difficult decisions about which roads get attention first. I15 will always come before State roads within our City.
The City has 8 main routes and plows that are put to work each storm. The crews have put in many 12-16 hour days during the recent storms. The frequency and severity of our recent stormes have stressed our resources and still left many side streets, dead-ends and cul-de-sacs with frozen surfaces.
I’m grateful for both our crews and our residents that have all been very patient. As a City we will continue to evaluate our policy and look for methods to deliver the best possible service with the resources that are given to us.
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  1. I, for one, have enjoyed this opportunity to play on the ice with my vehicle.

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