How Does Rochester Decide Which Streets to Plow First?
With a bunch of the white stuff in the forecast for this weekend, have you ever wondered just how the city of Rochester figures out which roads to plow first?
First off, here's a shout-out to all the hard-working employees who work around the clock to keep our streets and roads in the Med City clear of ice and snow during our cold weather season. While most of us hunker down, snug in our homes during a winter storm, they put on their jackets, gloves and boots and head out to keep things moving.
But how do they decide which streets to plow first? (And, how do they always seem to come by my house and dump a load of snow at the end of my driveway right AFTER I shoveled it out ;)... just kidding!)
Well, according to the city of Rochester website, there are over 500 miles of roads, 9 miles of alleys, 544 cul-de-sacs, 40 miles of sidewalks and bike paths within the city limits of Rochester. That's a lot to keep clear! Here's how they do it:
The site says the priority for plowing streets in Rochester is: main roads, the central business district, hills, bridges, bus routes and around schools. Once those areas are clear resources will be directed to other streets. (That'd be our neighborhood streets).
More specifically, the site has even more details:
+ Small snow events (less than 2" of snow) are typically treated in less than 8 hours by a fleet of 21 plow trucks, 2-3 pick-up trucks, and two sidewalk machines.
+ Snow events of 2-4" are typically treated in approximately 8 hours by a fleet of 28 plow trucks, 4 graders, 5 loaders, 3 one-ton trucks to clear cul-de-sacs, 2-3 pick-up trucks, and 2 sidewalk machines.
+ Large snow events (more than 4") take approximately 3 days to be completely cleaned up. Roads will be cleared in the first 12 hours. Snow will be hauled out of the Central Business District overnight on day 2. Street widening and miscellaneous clean-up will happen on the 3rd day after the snowfall.