Dealing with snow: A few tips from Public Works

The City of Hood River will begin snow removal and sanding procedures when the snow buildup exceeds 3 inches and recommends that cars not be parked on the street. However, cars are allowed to park on the south and west sides of a street to allow city crews to quickly and efficiently clear the snow.

Streets connecting higher-traffic routes and hospital, police and fire station and emergency rescue units are given first priority. Those streets are:

n Oak Street between Front and Seventh

n Front Street

n First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets between State and Columbia

n 13th Street between Oak Street and Belmont Avenue

n 12th Street between May Street and Belmont Avenue

n Belmont Avenue, A, B, C streets, and Taylor Avenue between 12th and 13th

City industrial streets, selected collector streets and bus routes have second priority, with school entries having third. All remaining streets, such as residential, are last.

A snowplow map is available at ci.hood-river.or.us. Click the Public Works link, then Streets and Sidewalks; the link is at the top of the page.

Property owners are responsible for removing ice and snow from sidewalks and around fire hydrants, as well as providing clear access to mailboxes.

Postal carriers need to be able to pull in and service the mailbox and then be able to pull forward. Instead of just a square in front of the mailbox, Postmaster General Kevin Branson says that the approach to and from the box needs to be clear of snow, trash cans and children’s toys for optimal safety.

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Tips for snow conditions from the City of Hood River:

n Avoid parking on the street — Move vehicles off the street to enable public works crews to work safely and efficiently in clearing the streets.

n Give plows and sanding trucks room to maneuver; do not follow too closely.

n Do not pass trucks when snow is being plowed or sand is being applied.

n Do not pull out into the intersection when snowplow trucks are approaching.

n Blocked driveways — It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations; this cannot be avoided. The public works workers regret this inconvenience, but have limited equipment and staff hours to clear all the city’s streets. Residents need to take responsibility to clear snow at the end of their driveway.

Sidewalks — It is the responsibility of the property owner or resident to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to the property.

Following a snow event, public works crews routinely sweep excess sand from the street. It is the residents’ and business owners’ responsibility to sweep excess sand that has accumulated on the sidewalk into the street for the street sweepers to pick up.

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