City of West Jordan Snow Removal Responsibilities
City street crews are responsible for clearing more than 800 lane miles of streets in West Jordan. 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 Redwood Road
- 7800 South from Redwood Road to New Bingham Highway
- U-111 from New Bingham Highway to the Northern City border
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. The City budget does not allow for salting subdivsion streets. During storms, traffic on low priority streets usually causes the snow to become packed or icy before it can be plowed. When snow has become compacted on low-prioity (subdivision) streets and plowing is ineffective, the operations will discontinue until regular working hours, otherwise the entire season's overtime budget would be consumed in the first couple of storms. Due to budget reductions, the snow removal staffing level has been reduced from the 2010 winter season level.
Snow removal typically begins when 1" of snow has accumulated on roadways. When snow or ice begins accumulating on the streets after regular working hours, the Police Department notifies the plow crews to begin clearing the streets.
If there are cars parked on the streets, plows can't fully clear the roads and run the risk of hitting parked vehicles. Please do your part by keeping your vehicles off the streets during winter months.
Snow Removal Policy
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make certain your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle. Driving in Utah winters means dealing with snow, sleet and ice, which results in slower traffic, hazardous driving conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. The following are some helpful tips for winter driving:
Allow yourself additional travel time for the poor driving conditions.
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. It is generally recommended that drivers should allow a minimum of three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding.
- Don't pass snowplows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
- Winterize your vehicle.
- Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vechicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
City streets will normally be plowed to provide better access to the higher traveled streets first. Special attention is given to those higher traveled (collector) streets with hills and difficult intersections. Next, secondary streets are cleared, and last, subdivisions streets are plowed with special smaller trucks. Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets are also plowed at this time.
At various times during a storm, salt is needed due to dangerous traffic conditions and/or dramatic temperature changes.
Salt distribution will be determined based on the following criteria and priority:
- Main collector streets
- Streets with hills
- Difficult intersections stop lights and stop signs
- Other areas including subdivisions and cul-de-sacs as needed and other special needs areas.
Trails and Park System
Most paved trails are NOT cleared of snow.
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.
Current City ordinance prohibits parking on the street from November 1st through April 30th when it is snowing or snow is on the street. Residents can also help by removing vehicles, trailers, and garbage cans from the street.
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.
Click to view Snowplow Priorities maps.