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With over 168 lane miles of roadway to maintain, it is difficult to plow all of the streets with the City's limited staff and equipment. Most of the First Priority routes contain three to four lanes plus turning lanes. These routes can keep equipment busy 24 hours a day, even after the snow quits falling. The City's goal is to maintain a safe travel route for you and your family. The City will make every effort to get to the lower priority streets when weather and conditions allow.
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The City's primary goal and duty is to provide safe and open access to the main roadway system. To be fiscally responsible, and in the interest of public safety, it would not be feasible for the City to provide this service.
Plowing and piling snow into the center of a street creates a safety hazard. The freeze/thaw cycle creates a bigger challenge when the melting snow freezes on the road surface during the evening. Traffic flow is restricted by eliminating a portion of a driving lane, and it creates sight obstructions for low ground clearance vehicles.
Yes, on designated streets where parking is normally allowed. However, if parked on the street, your car could inadvertently be surrounded with a snowbank following plowing operations. Maneuvering a snowplow in and out between parked vehicles can be very dangerous, and it is not an efficient way to plow snow. If you have the opportunity to avoid parking in the street, it is greatly appreciated and encouraged.