Snow & Ice Removal, Updates and More!
Snow & Ice Operations
The City of College Park’s priority during a snow event is public safety. Our goal is to clear snow and ice as quickly and efficiently as possible, restoring safe travel for emergency crews, motorists, and pedestrians. Snow and ice removal is considered an emergency operation and takes precedence over other Public Works tasks.
The snow plan will go into effect upon the order of the City Manager or the Director of Public Works. The plan consists of an Alert Phase and an Operation Phase. During the alert phase, and based on the weather forecast, some streets may be pretreated with a brine solution. Snow or icy precipitation, which requires roadway treatment, will be considered an emergency under the operational phase.
The operational phase of a snow event includes the following steps:
- Snow removal equipment will be dispatched to predetermined routes when snow or ice is imminent. Salting operations may begin at the onset of precipitation, depending if streets have been pretreated or not.
- Snow removal routes are divided into primary and secondary streets. Primary streets will be treated and/or cleared first, followed by secondary streets.
- When snow begins to accumulate and cover roadways, plowing operations will commence.
- Initially, one lane will be plowed on all streets to make passable. As conditions allow, all streets will then be widened and plowed curb to curb, where possible.
- City parking lots will be plowed by pickup trucks equipped with salt spreaders.
To view a live map showing snow removal progress during active snow alerts, go the following link https://www.511portal.com/collegeparkmd.
The Department of Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events.
You can also contact the Department of Public Works for more information by phone at 240-487-3590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking During Snow Events
Department of Public Works crews plow and salt City streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice.
Things you can do to help include:
- Move parked cars off the street so the snow plows can clear snow to the curb.
- If off-street parking is not available during predicted snowstorms, park on the EVEN side of the road (EXCEPTION: if your address is odd-numbered and the area across from your house is undeveloped, park on the odd side of the street)
- The City is not responsible for clearing snow from driveways or driveway aprons - this is the resident's responsibility. If you begin to remove snow before the trucks are finished, be mindful that your driveway may need to be cleared more than once.
- After the snowplows have finished cleaning your street, clear snow and ice from the sidewalks, storm drains and fire hydrants in front of your residence.
- Have patience: crews work around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the streets. Although your street may not be plowed as quickly as you would like, our crews will make their way to you. Your patience is appreciated during these times.
Always plan to set your refuse and recycling carts out for your regularly scheduled day during snow events. Refuse and recycling collections may occur later in the day than normal, or they could be delayed a day.