Snow & Ice Control Plan

The primary goal of the Public Works Department is to provide the traveling public with the safest driving surface possible in an efficient and economical way with resources available to the Town of Windsor during snowstorms.

The town strives to remove snow and ice from our roadways as quickly and efficiently as possible while keeping roads open and essential traffic moving. This does not mean bare and dry pavement should be expected after each snowstorm. The goal of snow and ice operations is to return road surfaces to safe winter driving conditions as soon as possible. 

It must be recognized that each snowstorm has its own character with variable conditions, such as air and pavement temperatures, wind speeds and directions, precipitation rates and types, timing, duration, and traffic activity. This plan must remain flexible and take into consideration these variables.

  1. Snow Plan / Map of Route
  2. Deicing Material
  3. Emergency Declarations
View snow plow route map  |  Download Snow & Ice Control Plan
The town’s main focus is to clear all major arterial streets for emergency responders, schools, bus routes and motorists, providing a basic network of connected main streets. More information can be found in the Snow & Ice Control Plan for Windsor’s 172.75 center-lane miles of streets. However, that number can triple or quadruple when one factors in "lanes." For example, Main Street from 7th Street to 15th Street is approximately one mile; however it is four lane miles due to the four lanes that exist on Main Street, not including turn lanes.

What Are Priorities? What is Plowed / De-iced and When?

The following information shows the town's priorities for plowing and applying de-icing material.

*Note: These are guidelines only and other factors may necessitate actions.
  1. Priority I *Trace - 3"
  2. Priority II 3" - 6"
  3. Priority III   6" - 12"
  4.               Priority IV                12" or more
*Trace to 3 inches — All main arterials and collector streets around schools are plowed. Hills, roundabouts, and major and minor intersections with traffic lights and stop signs. All emergency facilities are treated with de-icing materials.
What about Cul-de-sacs, Paved Alleys and Dead-end Streets?
There are over 300 cul-de-sacs, numerous alley ways and dead end streets in the Town of Windsor. It is the Town’s intent that cul-de-sacs, alley ways, and dead end streets will be cleared during Priority IV and higher and will be addressed as resources allow.
  1. Cul-de-sacs
  2. Paved Alleys
  3. Dead-end Streets
Cul-de-sacs will be plowed once there is 12 inches or more snow in Priority IV. Snow removal crews will clear a central path through the cul-de-sac by plowing “once to the right” and “once to the left” to the curb and gutter. When reaching the end of the cul-de-sac “the bowl,” snow then will be pushed to the best available location in the public right-of-way that least impacts residents. In anticipation of impending snowstorms, it is strongly recommended that citizens prepare in advance to have vehicles parked off street regardless of the time of day. It is dangerous and difficult to plow streets clogged with parked vehicles. Cul-de-sacs may not be plowed if plows cannot safely drive down them.
Downtown Snow removal

Downtown Snow Removal

The downtown area consists of Main Street (HWY 392) from 7th Street to 3rd Street, and from Walnut Street to Ash Street off of Main Street. Snow removal crews will plow and ice slice curb to curb in the downtown area at least once during a snow event. Businesses in this area are encouraged to shovel snow from their sidewalks onto the street prior to the town’s snow removal crews arriving. Snow removal crews will remove snow in a timely manner, as resources allow.

Resident and Business Owner Responsibilities

In order for all town crews to be as efficient as possible, we need help from citizens and private contractors.
  • If you don't have to go out, DON'T. Your home is the safest place to be during a storm.
  • Shovel sidewalks within 24 hours after a storm. Windsor property owners/occupants are responsible for keeping all sidewalks free of snow and ice.
  • It is unlawful and prohibited to shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the streets or public right of way. Doing so can cause obstructions in the roadways. Public right of way typically extends five feet behind the curb.
  • Please remove snow in flow pans and gutters to help eliminate ice backups in storm drains.
  • Residents living outside town limits should move their mail boxes away from the roadways or make them snow worthy to prevent damage from snow removal equipment. The Town of Windsor assumes no responsibility for damage to mail boxes.
  • Do not pile snow on sidewalks or on or around fire hydrants.
  • Stay a safe distance away from snow removal equipment. Their field of vision may be limited by their equipment; don't assume they can see you.    
  • When a storm advisory is posted for Windsor, make arrangements to get to the supplies you might need before the storm hits.
  • If you get stuck, please don't leave your vehicle stranded, Arrange for it to be towed to a safe location.
  • Park your vehicles in driveways and remove them from the streets so that snow removal equipment can plow the area.
  • Remind your children that snow piles are not a play area and to stay behind sidewalks if they see a plow truck coming towards them.
  • Trees along public roads need to be maintained (trimmed) in order for snow removal equipment to clear the streets.

For more information, contact the Town of Windsor, 970-674-5400.