City of Cleveland Introduces 2016-17 Winter Weather Plan

As the winter season approaches, today the City of Cleveland released details from its 2016-17 winter weather plan that outlined proactive measures in place ahead of any major snow fall event. In addition to providing information on the plan, the city displayed some of its recently purchased snow removal vehicles that bolster the fleet.

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The winter weather plan focuses on snow removal practices that produce the best results through a systematic approach. The plan is a comprehensive proposal that provides snow removal service to all city streets during a snow fall event that may produce anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snow. The following are highlights from that plan:

  • A total fleet size of:
    • 75 snow removal vehicles
    • 10 pick-up trucks equipped with plows
    • 13 road graders to be used as needed
  • 123 drivers to work three shifts during a snow fall event.
  • Priority on servicing main thoroughfares during snow fall then residential streets with a goal to service all streets within 48 hours after a snow fall event.
  • A systematic approach that services 52 main and secondary main thoroughfares and 292 residential subsections.
  • Automated Vehicle Locator or AVL installation on the current snow removal fleet.
  • 57,241 tons of salt on hand and 23,000 gallons of liquid de-icer.

During a snow and ice event, service is directed to the primary main/secondary thoroughfares. These routes will be serviced until the primaries are fair but passable allowing for service to the residential streets as soon as possible. About 8,000 residential streets are grouped into 292 subsections and snow removal vehicles move into these subsections after servicing the primary main/secondary thoroughfares. The city’s snow removal fleet can be deployed to service streets as needed during light snowfall or all streets during large scale snowfall events with goal of servicing all city streets 48-72 hours after the completion of the mains/secondaries.

When, and if, snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, the City of Cleveland Director of Public Safety may enact a Snow Emergency Parking Ban. The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs.

Read the Snow Emergency Parking Ban policy here and see a list of streets that have posted signage.

Residents are encouraged to report all snow and ice issues to (216) 664-2510.