The following is a general description of how the Department of
Public Works plows snow from City streets:
- When a snow storm begins, the DPW responds by salting the main roads and bus
routes. Salting these roadways serves two purposes: to keep traffic moving, and
to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement.
- Snow plowing begins when snow accumulates two (2) inches, or forecasts
indicate that it will. Over 70 city and private plows can be called out and
assigned to plow pre-determined routes. The City's policy is to plow the full
width of the street, curb to curb, during each storm.
- Once snowfall has stopped and plowing is winding down, salt trucks begin
· Main streets
and bus routes are salted to achieve bare pavement conditions.
streets with hills are salted to improve traction.
· Flat streets
are salted only if icy conditions exist.
Public Works will focus on school walking routes and areas of
commerce at the conclusion of a snow event. Once these areas are addressed,
crews will address other priority walking routes city-wide.
While we try to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed
into driveways it is unavoidable. Clearing driveway openings is the
responsibility of the property owner.
· Plow blades
cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway.
· Snow will be
plowed into driveways as we perform curb-to-curb plowing.
· You may wish
to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm
and plowing activities have ended.
plowing or snow blowing snow back into the street when clearing driveways and
sidewalks is prohibited by city ordinance. Violators will be fined.
There are over 1,500 fire hydrants in Gloucester. Please help us
by shoveling around the hydrant near your home. This will enable the Gloucester
Fire Department better access to fire hydrants in emergency situations.
Plowing snow from Gloucester's 160 miles of public and private
streets, municipal parking lots, buildings and schools is a formidable task. It
involves coordinating many private and publicly owned plows, mechanics, and
route supervisors to inspect and control plowing activities and other support
personnel. The hours can be extraordinarily long, with operations conducted
during the most severe weather and driving conditions. We realize that in an
operation of such size and complexity there are bound to be complaints or
requests for additional service.
Calls for service should be avoided early in a storm since it
may take several hours for plows to make their way to your street. If you
believe that a request for service is warranted and sufficient time has elapsed
for us to have responded, please call the Department of Public Works at (978) 325-5600. This number is staffed by a Public Works supervisor who will log
your complaint and relay this information to our field personnel for quick
resolution. You may also report any concerns or issues using our SeeClickFix application. This application is monitored closely.
understand that calling (978) 325-5600 is the FASTEST WAY to get a complaint
Remember, driving in winter snowstorms should be avoided
whenever possible. In every winter storm, there are times when road conditions
are hazardous despite everyone's best efforts. Our work to restore safe road
conditions is completed quicker and more efficiently when roads are free of
traffic and illegally parked vehicles.