SNOW AND ICE CONTROL POLICY
The purpose of the City of Amarillo's Snow & Ice Control Policy is to provide a uniform plan or level of service to be followed to ensure the City's main thoroughfares remain safe and passable during winter weather emergencies.
General Oversight and Plan Activation
- Implemented by the Street Superintendent
- When conditions warrant, 24 hour emergency operations will be initiated
- Street Division personnel will be divided into two 12-hour shifts
- Street Division will monitor weather reports and current conditions to determine when the employee call-out procedure is to be activated
- Snow/Ice Control Procedures are implemented based on storm conditions
- Total of nine overpasses are maintained
- 1-ton trucks with spreader boxes apply granular de-icing materials
- De-icing materials are applied once temperature nears 30 degrees, overpasses are wet with falling precipitation
- As conditions worsen, medium to heavy treatments are applied at periodic intervals
Salt/Sand Spreading Procedure
- Eight salt/sand routes established for salt/sand mixture to be spread at every signalized intersection, located on the City's primary arterial and collector streets
- Each salt/sand truck operator will begin salting 300 feet in advance of traffic signals to provide ample stopping distance for traffic approaching the red light
- Salt/sand mixture provides an ice melting capacity, as well as, traction for vehicles
- Salt/sand is applied once temperature is below 30 degrees or falling with precipitation, overpasses are beginning to freeze, and pavement is wet or sticky
Snow Plowing Procedure
- Activated when accumulation reaches 3 inches with additional amounts forecasted
- Primary arterial streets organized into 6 plow routes
- One plow team assigned to each plow route
- Plow team consists of a motor-grader, two plow trucks, and a front-end loader
- Snow is plowed from gutter to middle of street to keep gutter open for drainage
- Openings in snow windrow in middle of street will be cleared at main intersections
Snow Plowing Prioritization
- Arterials adjacent and leading routes to hospitals, any outlying Fire Stations subject to drift closure, main arterials adjacent to open fields and subject to drifting.
- Other Primary Arterials (ex: Grand, Coulter, Plains Blvd, Hillside, etc.)
- Collector Streets (ex: Quarter Horse Drive, Line Ave., Avondale, etc.
- Downtown Business District
- Residential streets adjacent to public school facilities and collector streets leading to public schools
NOTE: No clearing of residential streets, except to or around schools, is planned under this policy.
REPORT A PROBLEM
To report a problem or request additional information regarding the City of Amarillo's Snow and Ice Control Policy, please contact the Street Division at 806-378-6815