Snow & Ice Removal

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
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 263.04 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.

View snow plow route map (PDF)  |  Download Snow & Ice Control Plan 

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
  2. Priority II
  3. Priority III  
All main arterials and collector streets are plowed and treated with de-icing materials until the storm subsides. Hills, roundabouts, and major intersections with traffic signal lights and stop signs are treated with de-icing materials. Critical facilities such as medical offices, Police & Fire Departments, Downtown Business District, and all schools are plowed & treated with de-icing materials.

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.

Downtown Snow removal