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Making Roads and Neighborhoods Safe During the Winter

Post Date:12/10/2019 8:00 AM

It is a priority of Sandy City to minimize the danger and to make all public areas including parks and roads safe and passable as quickly as possible during the winter months.

Public Works Department: crews are prepared 24 hours a day in the event of a storm

PRIORITY: To make all main roads passable for schools, hospitals, fire stations, and commuter traffic. Please keep in mind that it could be 12–18 hours after a storm ends (depending on amount of snowfall) before a plow enters your neighborhood because the main roads must stay clear for safety reasons first and foremost.

Parks Division: maintains over 90 locations for snow removal

PRIORITY: To clear sidewalks near city buildings and school walkways. Crews are able to clear snow from all paved sections of trails and jogging paths as soon as all other priority locations are safe, which can take a couple of days depending on the size of storm. 

Police Department: strives to keep city streets safe during a snowstorm

PRIORITY: To remind drivers that there are parking restrictions on residential streets during the winter months from Nov. 1–Apr. 30. This is for the safety of the residents in that neighborhood and for the snowplow drivers who must clear the streets. Police officers can either cite vehicles or have them towed if they are parked on city streets during a storm or within 24 hours after a storm.

Fire Department: asks that residents clear areas around fire hydrants 

PRIORITY: To encourage residents to clear snow and debris around a hydrant. This may mean life or death in the event of a fire since time is of the essence. Hydrants are located in every neighborhood and delays can come when snow or other debris blocks hydrants. 

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You can now track Sandy City snow plows at:
www.sandy.utah.gov/plowtracker 

Other tips for making your neighborhood safer:

  • Clear snow from your driveway and sidewalk within 24 hours of a storm.
  • Do not create a hazard by blowing or pushing snow into any city street.
  • Clear common areas in neighborhoods such as mailboxes, fire hydrants, or sidewalks for children walking to school.
  • Help the elderly or infirmed by shoveling their areas.

For questions regarding snow removal, please call:

  • Streets: Public Works (801) 568-2999
  • Private sidewalks: Code Enforcement (801) 568-7254
  • Parking issues: Police Dispatch (801) 799-3000  
  • City buildings, trails, sidewalks and parking lots: Parks & Recreation (801) 568-2900
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