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Snow Removal

Midvale City's Dedicated Winter Heroes: 24/7 Snow Crews Clear the Way

 Unknown Image Midvale City's snow crews are unwavering in their mission to keep our streets clear of snow and ice. They work tirelessly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during storms and icy conditions, ensuring the safety of our community. Their efforts not only enable safe travel but also ensure uninterrupted commerce for local businesses, emergency access to hospitals and fire stations, on-time and secure school bus transportation, and the continuation of essential services such as trash collection. Moreover, they provide us the freedom to carry out our daily activities without disruption

Each winter storm presents unique challenges, necessitating different approaches to snow and ice management. Midvale City's Public Works has a Snow Plan that can be adapted before and during each storm. The plan's fundamental policies receive approval from staff and council, ensuring a responsive and efficient approach to winter weather events.

Snow and ice control operations are costly and require limited personnel and equipment resources. When a snow event occurs, snow removal becomes a relentless 24/7 operation until all priority streets, collectors, arterials, school, and hospital streets are cleared. For prolonged snowstorms lasting over 24 hours, personnel are organized into crews working alternating 12-hour shifts based on their assigned schedules.

Before Snow Falls

  • We closely monitor weather reports to gauge severity and timing.
  • If conditions allow, we begin applying anti-icing materials to road surfaces.
  • Equipment is prepared, and material quantities are verified.

When Snow Begins

  • Snow plowing commences after a snow accumulation of at least 2 inches.
  • We continuously evaluate snow-clearing operations, adjusting staffing and equipment as needed in response to changing weather conditions.

After a Storm

We review each operation/event to continually improve our snow and ice management process.

Priorities

The Public Works snow crews plow top priority and high-volume roadways first, followed by collector streets and residential through streets. Once conditions have been stabilized on first- and second-priority routes, crews will begin to clear City owned parking areas, cul-de-sacs, and dead-end roads (there are currently 125 cul-de-sacs/dead-ends in Midvale City).  In the event of continual snowfall, it may take longer than normal for plows to reach third-priority streets as first- and second-priority streets will require additional attention. Be assured that once it snows, Midvale snow crews work around the clock until all the roads are safe and drivable. Please remain patient until our crews can treat and plow your neighborhood.

Winter storms resulting in accumulations of 6 inches or more are not considered normal for this area. This will increase the snow-clearing time in these cases. In addition, abandoned vehicles, improperly parked cars, traffic congestion, garbage cans, etc. may limit snow and ice control efforts on some City streets.

Priority 1: Mains and arterial roads
Priority 2: Collector and residential through streets
Priority 3: City owned parking areas, cul-de-sacs and dead-end roads*

Please note, there are several streets and properties that are maintained by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Salt Lake County (SLCo) or Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Therefore, Midvale City does not plow or treat the following streets and properties.

  • UDOT is responsible to for 900 E., State St., 7200 S. (from State to Jordan River)
  • SLCo is responsible for 700 W. (7200 S. to 6800 S.), 6960 S. (County Shop Rd.), northbound Union Park Ave.
  • UTA is responsible for all public transit parking lots and associated properties 

Residents Responsibilities

snow plowWinter On-Street Parking
If there are cars parked on the streets, plows can’t fully clear the roads and run the risk of hitting parked vehicles. Residents are not permitted to park any vehicle on city streets where one inch of snow has accumulated. The parking prohibition shall remain in effect for 24 hours after snow has ceased to fall, or until such time as the snow has been removed from the street. (Midvale Municipal Code Section 10.16.120). Residents should be mindful of the weather and make arrangements to park off the streets when snow is forecasted.

Sidewalks
Property owners are responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear and free of snow and ice. City crews are responsible for clearing sidewalks at public facilities such as City Hall. 

snow blowerSnow Blowing and Shoveling
State law prohibits residents, business owners, and/or contractors from depositing snow into public roads. Snow removed from sidewalks and driveways should be placed on lawn areas or on private property and NOT on public roads. This practice is dangerous and impedes the City's snow removal efforts.



snow hydrantBlocked Driveways
Snow accumulated on the plow blade has no place to go but in the road right-of-way, which includes driveway approaches. Many times, snowplowing forms snowdrifts across driveway approaches, which may create hardships for some residents. Unfortunately, the City possesses neither the personnel nor the equipment to clear the thousands of driveway approaches within the City; therefore, snow removal of driveway approaches is the resident's responsibility.

Fire Hydrants
During the winter season, it is very important to remove the snow from around a fire hydrant. If there is a fire hydrant in front of a resident's home, it is their responsibility to keep it clear of all snow.

Driving

  • Please do not pull out in front of or attempt to pass a snowplow.
  • Never tailgate a snowplow truck. Stay at least 200 feet away from plows at all times. If you can’t see the mirrors on the struck, they can’t see you.
  • Be alert and drive with caution. Remember that winter storms create slick road conditions. Maintain safe distances between vehicles and decrease your normal driving speeds to allow for additional time to stop.
  • Beware of snowplow trucks backing up. Please be sure to give them plenty of room.