Why do I not see a plow/salt truck on my street when it snows?

The City of Suffolk has over 1,620 lane miles of primary,
secondary and local roadways. The City’s main plow/salt routes are maintained
by upwards of 20 vehicles working around the clock.

During and immediately following the snow event, crews are
working to keep vital primary routes open for emergency traffic. After the
primary routes are sufficiently treated, crews will expand their work to
secondary and then to tertiary routes. As snow melts and traffic increases,
this often requires going back to maintain areas previously cleared. All of
this work, over such a large area, requires a significant amount of time.

Residential streets are usually not treated, as the time
that it takes to get the primary, secondary and tertiary routes completed this allows
for melting in the residential areas to take place. Additionally, neighborhood
streets are narrow and often have cars parked in the street making it difficult
to clear snow and increasing the chance of an accident with the plow.

Show All Answers

1. What happens when it starts to snow?
2. How is a Snow Emergency declared?
3. When will treatment of streets and roadways begin?
4. What is used to pre-treat the roads?
5. Who do I call to get my street plowed?
6. Why does the plow not remove all of the snow from my road?
7. How do you decide what streets are on these main plow/salt routes?
8. What if I live in a townhouse or condominium complex?
9. Who is responsible for clearing snow from the sidewalks in my neighborhood?
10. Can I park my car on the street during a snow storm?
11. Who do I contact in cases of Snow Plow Damage?
12. Why do I not see a plow/salt truck on my street when it snows?
13. I only have on-street parking. Why do you always plow snow against my car?
14. I once saw a snow plow parked in a restaurant parking lot during a bad snow storm. Why was it there instead of on the streets working?
15. I have a medical condition. Can you plow my street in case there is an emergency and an ambulance needs to get through?
16. Why do the plows always push snow into my driveway?
17. How much does the City spend on winter control annually?