Snow Patrol: City Snow Clean-up

City Snow Clean-up and Winter Driving Tips

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At an average of 45 inches of snowfall per year, Cody, Wyoming is 19 inches over the national average with only one third of the average precipitation days. This makes driving through town dangerous and leaves the City blankets of snow to clean up.

“We, the city, plow the roads and sand them, we have a contractor to plow parking lots, the street division has seven employees,” said Street Superintendent, Rob Kramer.

With six plows and a motor grader for snow removal, the street division employees begin plowing the Priority One Routes. These routes include streets to hospitals, schools and other streets commonly used by emergency services.  

There is no set time when the roads are plowed, but we like to wait until there is at least four inches of snow until we start plowing,” Kramer said.

The street division clears the lanes and piles the snow in the center to move on to other streets and tasks.

“We windrow all of the snow to the center of the road around the schools so we can pick it up after we are caught up with other duties that we have to take care of with the storm events. We try not to interfere with the start and end of school times,” said Kramer.

After the Priority One Routes are plowed, the workers move to the Priority two and Three  Routes. The City is in charge of plowing all city-owned sidewalks and parking lots, while owners and residents are in charge of their private property.

 

Winter Driving Tips

  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers work.
  • Have a winter car kit with blankets, a cell phone charger, water, food, and gloves.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces (ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.