Residents Reminded of Winter Parking Policy and Snow Plowing Protocol

Winter Parking PolicyAs winter is upon us, it’s important to note Riverton City’s winter parking and snow removal policy and protocol:

  • No vehicles may be parked on city streets during a snow storm or where snow has accumulated between Nov. 1 and March 1. (See ordinance 10.10.050.)
  • Major roadways, high-traffic areas, and school zones are prioritized in snow removal efforts as a matter of public safety.
  • Minor roads and cul-de-sacs are cleared if 4 inches of snow or more has accumulated once main roadways are clear.

A map identifying major arterial roads, major collector roads, school zones, and snow removal sections can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2FWVoci. Snow removal problems may be reported online at http://rivertoncity.com/report.

Snow Plowing Standard Operating Plan

No vehicles may be parked on city streets during snow events. Vehicles parked on city streets during snow events hinder snow clearing efforts, are at risk of being damaged, and may be towed or ticketed.

1. 2” of snow or icy or slick conditions

1) Salt and plow all major roads and school zones as needed.
2) Salt and plow all secondary roads as needed.
3) Inspect major intersections with stop signs and salt and plow as needed.

2. Between 2” and 4” of snow

1) Salt and plow all major roads and school zones.
2) Salt and plow all secondary roads and stop sign areas.
3) Salt and plow city facilities.
4) Salt and plow city-maintained sidewalks.

3. Over 4” inches of snow

1) Salt and plow all major roads and school zones.
2) Salt and plow all secondary roads and stop sign areas.
3) Salt and plow all minor roads stub streets and cul-de-sacs.
4) Salt and plow city facilities.
5) Salt and plow city-maintained sidewalks.
6) 12-hour shifts will start, until all roads are cleared.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are school zones and school walking routes cleared of snow?  
Yes. School zones are prioritized in snow plowing efforts as a matter of public safety. School walking routes are prioritized in snow removal efforts, in city-maintained sidewalks, to ensure the safety of those travelling to and from school. Do note that residents and business owners are responsible for clearing the snow on sidewalks that surround their property.

What about snow removal at my HOA or planned community?
Most planned urban communities, gated communities, and homeowners’ associations are responsible for removing their own snow. These communities are highlighted in yellow and labeled as “PUD” on the map at http://bit.ly/2FWVoci.

What do I do if snow hasn’t been removed from my street?
If a large storm has caused 4 inches of snow or more to accumulate on your street, it’s likely that snow plow drivers will service your street as soon as main roadways are clear. If this does not happen, please report the issue at http://rivertoncity.com/report.

What if a fire hydrant, mailbox or driveway is blocked by snow?
It is the responsibility of residents to remove snow around fire hydrants, mailboxes and driveways that surround their property. This includes re-clearing driveways once snowplows have serviced the neighborhood.

Who removes snow from sidewalks?
Residents and business owners are responsible for removing snow on sidewalks that surround their property.

Why can’t vehicles be parked on the street during a snow storm?
To effectively clear roadways, vehicles are not allowed to park on city streets during snowstorms or when snow has accumulated so snowplow drivers can clear the snow. This task becomes near impossible with parked vehicles scattered along roadways, as they make it difficult for snow plow drivers to maneuver, which ends up placing the safety of the parked vehicles at risk.

Why does my cul-de-sac never get cleared?
Cul-de-sac streets are normally the last streets to be plowed following a storm that accumulates 4 or more inches of snow. This is because cul-de-sacs almost always serve less people than other roads, so roads who serve more people are prioritized as a matter of public safety. If the cul-de-sac has parked cars on the street, it will not be plowed.