City of West Jordan Snow Removal Responsibilities
|City street crews are responsible for clearing more than 855 lane miles of streets in West Jordan. (That's more than the driving distance from Salt Lake City to San Diego!) Not all roads are the City's responsibility. Some are state roads and are maintained by the Utah Department of Transportation, these are: |
Redwood Road Bangerter Highway 7000 South from the Jordan River to Redwood Road 9000 South from the Jordan River to 5600 West U-111 from New Bingham Highway to the Northern City border Mountain View Corridor New Bingham Highway from 7800 South to west of U-111
A limited amount of resources and the need to provide the greatest safety and benefit to the traveling public, in the most efficient manner, necessitate that priority be give to certain streets. Streets with higher traffic volume have a higher priority for snow removal service. Streets with lower traffic volume (subdivisions and cul-de-sacs) have the lowest priority.
City Street Priority Categories
• Priority One: These are arterial and major collector streets.
• Priority Two: These are generally subdivision collector streets.
• Priority Three: All other residential through streets, (excluding cul-de-sacs.)
• Priority Four: Cul-de-sacs and other dead end streets. The City incurs proportionally more time and costs clearing snow from cul-de-sacs than on typical “uninterrupted” stretches of streets. Because of the high cost-to-benefit ratio, and lower traffic volume, cul-de-sacs and dead end streets have the lowest priority, and will be the last areas addressed.
• Residents need to be prepared for winter driving conditions in Utah. Streets in subdivisions will be slick, and travelers will need to exercise caution and travel at a lower speed.
Please note, if another storm passes through the area before all streets have been cleared, the process starts over from the beginning with the priority one streets.
No Street Parking During Winter Months
If there are cars parked on the streets, plows can't fully clear the roads and run the risk of hitting parked vehicles. City Ordinance 7-3-10 prohibits parking a vehicle or semitrailer upon a street when it is snowing or snow is on the street from November 1 through April 30 of the following year. Violations will result in citations issued. If left snowbound for more than 48 hours, the vehicle is subject to impound. Residents can also help by removing vehicles, trailers, and garbage cans from the street.
The City has one main salt storage and a smaller, secondary salt storage, which have limited capacity. Salting operations to meet the demands of a major storm, could consume this entire volume. Due to limited salt storage and delivery capacities, when more snow is predicted, salting may be halted to conserve salt.
Trails and Park System
Most paved trails are NOT cleared of snow. Trails are not salted.
State law prohibits residents, business owners, and/or contractors from depositing snow into public roads. Snow removed from sidewalks and driveways should be placed on lawn areas, park strip areas or on private property and NOT on public roads. This practice is dangerous and impedes the City's snow removal efforts.
Snow accumulated on the plow blade has no place to go but in the road right-of-way, which includes driveway approaches. Many times, snowplowing forms snowdrifts across driveway approaches, which may create hardships for some residents. Unfortunately the City possesses neither the personnel nor the equipment to clear the thousands of driveway approaches within the City; therefore, snow removal of driveway approaches is the resident's responsibility.
When clearing driveways, the snow should be placed on lawn areas or park strips, (do not cover fire hydrants). This will minimize snow accumulation in drive approach areas during snowplowing operations. Putting snow in the street can cause delays in snow removal as well as damage to personal property.
Property owners are responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear and free of snow and ice. City crews are responsible for clearing sidewalks at public facilities such as the Municipal Buildings and Parks.
During the winter season, it is very important to remove the snow from around a fire hydrant. If there is a fire hydrant in front of a resident's home, it is their responsibility to keep it clear of all snow.
In most cases, damage occurs to the mailbox during the plowing process because aged posts or improperly mounted boxes are unable to withstand the rigors of the winter plowing season. The City will replace the mailbox and/or post if it is physically struck and damaged by a snowplow. The City is not responsible for repairs from damage due to snow removal. Call 801-569-5147 to file a claim.
Snow Removal Policy
Click to view Snowplow Priorities maps.