Snow and ice Control
During winter storms, the City of Lakewood’s 93 miles of streets are cleared by trained and certified operators. Our crews receive annual training conducted by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Salt Institute and the Ohio State University Department of Civil Engineering. Our “home base” is the service garage at City Hall, which is manned almost continuously from mid December until the end of March. Equipment is kept in tip-top condition and personnel are on stand-by to ensure quick response to rapidly changing weather conditions.
Close attention is paid to current weather conditions and forecasts. Factors such as wind, temperature and moisture conditions determine our snow and ice control strategy. Light snow falls are generally handled by salting. Plowing begins when heavy, continuous snow falls are predicted. Plowing and/or salting operations are continuous until all of the streets are cleared. The following strategies are employed:
- Main streets are given priority to ensure emergency vehicles can respond to calls.
- School zones, hills and municipal parking lots are treated promptly.
- Main streets are salted completely.
- Side street salting is concentrated at hills, intersections, curves, school zones and railroad crossings.
- During large storms, City-wide snow emergency parking restrictions may be implemented on posted streets if an emergency snow ban is declared.
Please be aware of the following:
- The biggest impediment to clearing snow from side streets are parked cars. If your car is parked on the street, please move it to a location already cleared of snow as quickly as possible. This will reduce the time it takes to restore normal traffic flow as well as the amount of extra shoveling required of the residents.
- Snow plows and salt trucks are heavy and can skid on icy pavements. Please keep a safe distance and respect the job they are doing for you.
- Any and all complaints are investigated and, if needed, remedied as soon as conditions allow.