Snow Removal on our Roads
Traveling, even short distances, during the winter months in Utah can be stressful. Snow and ice can cause delays and be very dangerous. Salt Lake County Public Works Operations is committed to providing safe, well-maintained roadway systems for the benefit of the public.
Our snow teams are prepared 24 hours a day in the event of a storm. Major arterial streets are the first priority to make passable and provide access to schools, hospitals, fire stations, police and other emergency services. Depending on the size of the storm, teams may need to continually plow these roads, which may delay residential road clearing. After the snow event has ended snow teams will return to residential streets to push the snow back to the curb or edge of the road. This often causes additional snow in driveways. We make every effort to clear all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.
With the temperatures dropping below 17 degrees, the salt used on the road is less effective. The melt rate slows and the snow and ice may take days to completely melt. Drivers need to exercise extreme caution.
It is important for residents to understand what they can do to ensure the roads and sidewalks are safe and passable. Sidewalks and mailboxes are the responsibility of the resident to keep clear. We recommend the sidewalk be cleared after the plows have serviced the area. Snow team members have been instructed not to clear roads with cars parked on them. Residents may call their local code enforcement or police department to assist with the removal of the cars to enable the plows access to the area. When clearing your driveways and sidewalks, the snow should not be deposited in the road. Garbage cans should be set at the curb in the morning and removed promptly.
Snow removal team members are working 12-16 hour shifts and appreciate courteous and friendly drivers. Please use caution when you see a snow removal vehicle and remember the snow removal vehicle is harder to stop than a regular vehicle. For more information, please contact us at 385-468-6101.
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Private Snow Removal
Shoveling our walks and driveways is especially critical in high traffic routes such as walkways to schools, churches and commercial areas. Often forgotten are areas where a fence, hedge, ditch or other barrier separates us from adjacent streets, yet is still the abutting property owner’s responsibility.
From the City standpoint, we’re anxious for your success, even to the point of helping motivate you. The kindly and motivating ordinance, specifically code 14.32.100 states:
It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of property abutting on a paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such paved sidewalk and any existing curb ramp all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, within one hour after the hail, snow or sleet has ceased falling, provided that in case of a storm ending between the hours of 5:00pm and 6:00am, the sidewalk and any existing curb ramp shall be cleaned before 8:00 am the morning following the storm.
It goes on to give ramifications of NOT doing so which includes a possible $30 per day penalty after the deadline has passed. Remember that from November 1 thru April 1, it is illegal to park on the street if snow accumulates to more than one inch (not on lawns, but on the street) to allow snowplows to do their work.