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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Welcome, winter! We're ready for you.

Snow plow clearing the street on an overcast day

Here's what's new in snow services this winter:

  • Street Division crews will use five pickup trucks mounted with snow blades and equipped with sanding capability to plow residential streets. The Street Division also has additional employees this year to operate those trucks while crews with full-size snow plows are also working. In significant or prolonged snowfalls in previous winters, crews have been kept busy with Priority streets. Priorities are selected by weighting traffic volumes, steepness of hills, public transit routes, proximity to schools and access to businesses and are rated Priority 1, 2 and 3. Residential streets are “non-priority,” but they make up 136 miles of our city streets, or 40 percent. Residents want better service, and we expect good results from these additional trucks. See the Snow Plowing Priority Map here: https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/DocumentCenter/View/625/Snow-Removal-Priority-Map?bidId= We also have a new interactive map available here  www.MissoulaMaps.com
  • Crews will plow residential streets between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. During these hours, streets see fewer parked cars, so crews will be able to plow up to curbs more often. Also, when berms happen at the ends of driveways, residents will discover them when they return from work in the evening, rather than in the mornings when they are getting out of their driveways for work.
  • More frequent plowing on residential streets should mean less compaction of snow and reduced chances of icy ruts forming in the driving lanes.
  • A down side of more frequent plowing in residential areas could be more berms created across driveways, in front of mailboxes and around fire hydrants. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope the increased plowing service makes up for it.
  • You may also see this winter some snow deposited on the edges of sidewalks that are directly up against streets. This is the result of our effort to keep bike lanes as clear as possible. City ordinance asks residents to clear the sidewalks in front of homes and businesses by 9 a.m. on weekdays. Should snow plows deposit snow on a sidewalk, residents are not responsible for shoveling it; a four-foot passage area is sufficient.
  • You can help! We ask for patience in the case of berms created by plows. Please consider helping your neighbors who are less able when you’re out shoveling. Please park off streets when you can to allow plows to cover the width of the streets. Please do not push snow into streets; it causes cars to get stuck and can freeze into a solid mess. When shoveling, please consider including ADA-accessible corners, fire hydrants and storm drains.
  • We want to hear from you. To comment on snow plowing, call the Street Division office at 552-6360. To report sidewalks that are not shoveled, call Development Services at 552-6630. You can also report online directly from our interactive map:  www.MissoulaMaps.com .To read the detailed snow, deicing and sanding plans, see our Street Division snow pages at https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/558/Snow-Removal

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