John Louise and the Department of Public Works staff, along with Police, Fire, and the Office of Emergency Management, continue to work to clear our 107 lane miles* (scroll down) of roadway, based on the standard of priority plowing* (scroll down). The rise in temperature should help as well.
SNOW REMOVAL PLAN
GOALS OF THE CITY’S SNOW REMOVAL
The primary goals of the City's Snow Removal and Ice Control Plan are to maintain safe travel routes during the winter season as well as to restore mobility for the traveling public within a reasonable time frame following winter storm conditions.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
Do you have an emergency supply kit at home and in your car? Severe winter weather can
cause widespread power outages and dangerous driving conditions. With an emergency supply kit at home and in the car, you'll be prepared for the winter months. A home supply kit should be stocked with Items to stay safe for at least three days. An emergency preparedness kit in a vehicle will help travelers stay safe and warm until help arrives. Residents of the City of Plainfield and your relatives are encouraged to participate in Winter Storm Preparedness by preparing for winter hazards now.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
• Emergency 9-1-1
• Police Division Non-Emergency 908-753-3131
• Public Works Information 908-753-3427
Snow Plan Frequently Asked Questions
How do I learn the status of snow plowing efforts?
For the latest information on the status of snow plowing efforts, call the Public Works (908)753-3427 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 7:00AM-3:30PM. For after hour updates please call (908)-226-2544.
What should I do in an emergency?
During a heavy snowfall, when emergencies services are needed, Call 9-1-1
Non-emergency, call the Plainfield Police Department at 908-753-3131
Who is responsible for clearing snow-filled streets?
The City of Plainfield clears most streets within the City limits. There are, however, a number of roads within the City that are the responsibility of other local government agencies. To inquire about responsibility of a roadway, please call Public Works (909)753-3427.
When does the City begin plowing?
The City of Plainfield begins an all-out plowing effort whenever two (2) inches of snow has
accumulated on the roadways.
Does the City have a “bare pavement” policy?
The City of Plainfield does not have a "bare pavement" policy as this would dramatically
increase costs and has negative environmental impacts. Matching the level of service to
vehicular volumes reduces salt usage while providing high quality winter travel.
Which streets are plowed first?
The City has established a *priority plowing system for our *107 lane miles so that main traffic routes, such as main thoroughfares and emergency routes are plowed first. Crews always attempt to clear these routes before rush hour.
• Priority One — Main thoroughfares, emergency routes, hills, bridges, school routes and
• Priority Two — Minor residential roads and municipal lots.
• Priority Three — Dead ends and cul-de-sacs.
In a Citywide plowing effort, City crews will plow one path (in/out) through every Priority two and three roadway to allow residents and emergency vehicles mobility as early as is practical in a storm. Crews return later to finish pushing the snow back curb to curb to clear storm inlets.
Plowing dead ends and cul-de-sacs
• The City of Plainfield has 47 cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets.
• It takes about 35 minutes to clear a cul-de-sac of snow--which is eight times longer than
it takes to plow a street of the same size.
Who clears sidewalks and driveways?
Both are the responsibility of residents and property owners. Residents should:
• Shovel snow into the yard, not onto the street. Putting snow in the street is illegal
because it causes dangerously slippery conditions for both motorists and pedestrians.
• Avoid double shoveling by waiting until after your street has been plowed to clear your
• Residents are encouraged to shovel sidewalks so children have a safe walkway to
school and pedestrians can walk through the community.
Do all streets get salted?
• All main thoroughfares and primary residential streets maybe salted in response to snow
• Salt is applied on cul-de-sacs and other residential streets but may not have the same
effect do to minimal amount of traffic generated.
Are there parking restrictions during winter storms?
During winter storms, parked vehicles must be moved from marked snow routes. Violators may be ticketed and towed.
Higher salt application is detrimental to the environment and to automobile bodies.