- Public Works
- Snow & Ice Removal
Snow & Ice Removal
Snow-covered streets will be plowed and salted according to established priorities that are based on traffic volume, public safety and access to emergency facilities and schools. During major snowstorms, crews will plow and salt continuously prior to high volume traffic hours. Depending on the type and intensity of the storm, plowing operations may be suspended during peak traffic hours to devote maximum effort to salting operations that provide better traction. Plowing operations will resume after peak traffic hours.
The City is committed to keeping Loveland streets clean.
When it snows, the City depends on its citizens and businesses to be helpful, responsible and aware of the need to remove all snow and ice from public sidewalks, including walks and ramps leading to a crosswalk. The department would like to remind residents that under City ordinance, property owners are responsible for clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice within 12 hours of daylight after any snowfall or accumulation of ice. This provides safe passage to all persons.
What We Have Done to Best Equip the City to Keep Our Streets Clean & Safe
At the end of 2005, the City purchased a salt brine maker which consists of a 1000 gallon storage tank that mixes salt and water to make a brine solution. The salt brine solution is then applied to the main streets, hills and bridges to prevent a layer of ice from forming on the road. The salt brine is very effective down to temperatures of approximately 22 degrees and can only be applied when the roadways are dry. The crews can apply the salt brine solution to the roads in the afternoon during normal working hours which will allow them more time at night to respond to icy road conditions. Many other city, county, and state agencies are also applying the brine solution to the roadways.
In 2006, the city built a new salt storage facility located at the old VFW Fireman’s Hall on East Loveland Avenue. The new facility holds approximately 600 tons of road salt that the City uses to de-ice the roadways. The City also has a facility located in Commerce Park. In the past it has been very time consuming to drive from the Clermont and Warren County portion of the city to the Commerce Park to load the salt during a snow storm event. The East Loveland Avenue facility eliminates this time and keep the drivers on the roads fighting the snow.