Plowing & Salting Operations
Snow & Ice Control Procedures
Level of Service
Priority 1 Main Streets/Salt Routes (Arterials)
Clean, dry pavement in driving lanes
Priority 2 Secondary Streets (Collectors), Downtown Parking Lanes
Snow and ice hard pack
Priority 3 Low Volume Residential through Streets (Locals), Dead Ends, Cul-De-Sacs and Alleys
Snow and ice hard pack
When heavy snows are occurring during peak travel times, main streets (arterials) will be continually patrolled. Secondary streets (collectors) will be patrolled as frequently as possible. Low volume residential streets (locals) may not be plowed until the storm ends.
Snow Removal Personnel
Personnel for snow removal are drawn from Streets and Sanitation (Public Works), Parks Department, Cemetery and on-call seasonal employees.
During Normal Working Hour Operation
- Personnel are also responsible for daily operations including sanitary and storm sewer maintenance, lift station maintenance, traffic control, road maintenance, park operations and cemetery operations.
- Critical operations in any or all of these areas will reduce the number of personnel available to clear the roads.
- During winter weather events we constantly evaluate the manpower requirements and winter weather situation to ensure that we are providing the best service possible to the citizens of Manitowoc.
During After Hours Operations
Operators are drawn from all areas and remain on the job during normal working hours or after hours until the job is complete.
When snowfall of less than three inches has accumulated, salt and/or plowing may be utilized. Primary roads may be completely cleared of snow and salt applied. Secondary roads will not be plowed but will have salt applied at intersections, hills and curves.
During regular working hours, the Operations Division Manager normally will be responsible for this operation and the decision to salt shall be approved by the Director of Public Infrastructure.
Outside normal working hours, the On-Call Supervisor for the Department of Public Infrastructure will be responsible for this operation and determination of action. They shall brief the Director of Public Infrastructure/Operations Manager via text message when this determination is made.
Plowing of priority 2 & 3 streets takes place when a snowfall greater than three inches has accumulated. Under any circumstance, plowing will not commence until the Director of Public Infrastructure has authorized action. If the Director is not available, then the Mayor shall determine the action. If the Mayor is not available, the Operations Division manager shall determine action and continue to attempt to contact the Director or Mayor.
Outside normal working hours the On-Call Supervisor contacts the Operations Division manager. The Operations Division manager will contact the Director of Public Infrastructure. If the Director of Public Infrastructure is not available, the Mayor shall determine the action. Before calling, the On-Call Supervisor shall know the snowfall accumulation and the forecast and have a recommendation of action prepared for approval.