Snow & Ice Control by the City of Toledo

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Division of Streets, Bridges & Harbor performs snow and ice control to provide for safe vehicular passage throughout the City.

  • The vast majority for all travel is done on Phase I, II, and III routes, and so the Division focus is on those streets for every snow & ice event.
  • The City’s snow policy is designed so that every citizen should be within 2-3 blocks of a plowed and salted street (Phase III routes).  
  • Rock salt, even with additives, is not very effective in melting hard packed ice/snow on the roads in extreme cold conditions. 
  • The City will investigate reports of hazardous residential road conditions created by ice and take appropriate action if feasible.

ROUTES ARE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

Phase I – All streets with traffic counts greater than 7500 vehicles per day including hospitals, fire stations, and the downtown TARTA bus loop. 

Phase II – All streets with greater than 2500 vehicles but less than 7500 vehicles including TARTA bus routes. 

Phase III – Streets with less than 2500 vehicles per day but which serve as feeder lines to main arteries, streets adjacent to schools, churches, hospitals, funeral homes, major commercial and industrial areas and other places of high people concentration, school bus routes and known hazardous areas. 

Phase IV – All residential streets* 

*NOTE: Residential streets are not salted except in extreme conditions, and are not plowed unless there is more than 3" of snowfall.  Citizens with plow requests under those conditions may contact Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020. 

 

SNOW EVENT STAGES

PRE-TREATMENT STAGE (BRINE):  

Weather - Dry road conditions, up to 48 hours prior to any predicted snowfall without rain, and when the dew point approaches air temperature of 32oF or below

  • Crews - SB&H only – 8 hour shift
  • 1 Brine Route for Bridge decks, 10 Brine Routes on Arterial roads and Downtown
  • Brine is applied at the rate of 20-30 gallons per lane mile

STAGE ONE:

  • Weather – Predicted ice or snowfall less than 1 ¾”
  • Crews – SB&H only – continuous 12 hour shifts
  • Phase I, II or III routes – salting only

STAGE TWO:

  • Weather – Predicted ice or snowfall from 1 ¾” to 3”
  • Crews – SB&H only – continuous 12 hour shifts
  • Phase I, II or III routes – plowing and salting of all streets

STAGE THREE:

  • Weather – Predicted ice or snowfall from 3” to 5” or drifting which requires cleaning of residential streets.  Declaration of snow emergency possible
  • Crews – SB&H continuous 12 hour shifts and Sister divisions
  • Phase I and II routes – SB&H plowing and salting
  • Phase III routes – front-end loaders as needed near hospitals, funeral homes, schools, major commercial and industrial areas and TARTA bus routes during daylight hours.  End loaders switched to main streets during night shift if needed. 
  • Phase IV routes – Sister division plowing in residential routes

STAGE FOUR:

  • Weather – Predicted snowfall over 5” – no severe drifting.  Declaration of snow emergency will be declared; a command post may be established.
  • Crews – SB&H continuous 12 hour shifts, Sister divisions, small plow operators, major equipment contractors
  • Phase I and II routes – SB&H plowing and salting; snow removal by heavy Equipment contractors
  • Phase III routes  – Front-end loaders as needed near hospitals, funeral homes, schools, major commercial and industrial areas and TARTA bus routes during daylight hours.  End loaders switched to main streets during night shift. 
  • Phase IV – Sister division and small plow contractors plowing in residential routes
  • Downtown snow removal/hauling if necessary during evening/night shifts

STAGE FIVE:

  • Weather – Predicted snowfall from over 5” with blizzard conditions.  Declaration of snow emergency will be declared and a command post will be established.
  • Crews – SB&H continuous 12 hour shifts, Sister Divisions, small plow operators, major equipment contractors, additional sister division personnel to supervise, emergency small plow operators and major equipment contractors via media.
  • Phase I and II routes – SB&H plowing and salting; snow removal by heavy equipment contractors.
  • Phase III routes – front-end loaders as needed near hospitals, funeral homes, schools, major commercial and industrial areas and TARTA bus routes during daylight hours.  End loaders switched to main streets during night shift.  All routes to be salted by City crews, heavy equipment contractors to be assigned to problem areas.
  • Phase IV routes – Sister division and small plow contractors plowing in residential routes, Private tow trucks if needed.  Upon completion of plowing, hazardous areas will be salted by SB&H.
  • Downtown and major intersection snow removal/hauling if necessary during evening/night shifts.