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Posted on: February 16, 2024

Crews Prepared for Snow and Ice Removal

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Worthington City Service crews are prepped and ready to take on snow or ice when the winter weather arrives. Trucks will pre-treat many of the main roads with a liquid brine solution applied before the snow falls to help eliminate ice. The photo below shows the right lane on Worthington Galena Road with the brine treatment and the left lane without the treatment.  

Learn more about the City’s winter weather policy.

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When plows are on the street, please give the drivers plenty of room to work, keep a safe distance, and use caution when driving. Plow crews focus first on the main streets, primary neighborhood thoroughfares, bridges and hills during the snowfall. Residential streets and cul-de-sacs are plowed after the snow stops falling. If snow continues to fall, crews will plow beyond the curb line to prevent ice and snow from piling up and blocking roads to emergency vehicles. 

Because plows push snow beyond the side of the roadway, this sometimes creates a necessary but unfortunate consequence - snow pushed into driveways. The department asks for your understanding and offers the following suggestions:

  • Avoid shoveling snow into the street. Shoveling snow from your driveway into a street that has already been cleared may create safety hazards. Shoveling snow from your driveway into a street that has not been cleared will result in the snow being pushed back into your driveway by the plow.
  • When conditions exist that require snow plowing or salting, please move vehicles off the street. This greatly assists service crews in their efforts to keep streets safe and clear.
  • When shoveling near the end of your driveway, shovel snow to the side of the driveway on the far side of traffic flow. When snow is piled in this manner, plows will push it toward the curb and sidewalk and not back into the driveway approach. View the shoveling illustration for details.Shoveling Illustration

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