Reminder About Removing Snow & Ice on Sidewalks

By: Jennifer Hardy Email
By: Jennifer Hardy Email

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RENO, NV - The City of Reno wants everyone to know that it’s the responsibility of property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property.

The city says the best time to remove snow from the sidewalk is right after it snows when the snow hasn't been driven or walked on.

If you have to use some type of ice melt, city environmental services staff recommend using a magnesium-based ice melt product over a sodium chloride mixture, because it is less harmful to concrete, metal, and nearby plants, as well as our Truckee River. Overuse of some ice melt products can deteriorate the concrete and harm the environment.

The city also says snow from parking lots should be kept on site and not pushed into the street where it could become a hazard.

The city takes steps to prepare for winter storms and clean up afterward. The city's street system contains approximately 2,244 lane miles. It is divided into 19 snow and ice removal routes.

Prior to a snow or ice event, City crews apply salt brine to priority one streets which are main arterial and collector streets, streets in school zones, bridges and inclines. Salt brine is applied to the roadway to prevent snow from bonding to the streets, making it easier and safer to plow. Crews do not use brine if it is raining before a storm because the rain will wash the brine from the street.

City crews may also use a snow and ice-control material, which is a mixture of salt and sand along with Ice Slicer as a pretreatment for grades and bridges to assist in keeping these areas open.

According to city officials, plowing operations typically begin when the snow depth reaches four or more inches on streets. Snow plows may hit main street intersections before four inches of snow accumulation to address icy conditions with a sand and salt mixture.

Most of the plowing occurs in the higher elevation routes and outlying areas due to the fact that these areas receive the most snow accumulation. Priority is given to arterial and collector streets along with school zones. Secondary streets are plowed after priority streets as resources become available.

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