Streets Maintenance Responsibilities:
The City of
Princeton Public Works Department plows and sands the City
Streets as well as assisting the cleaning of State Roads located
within the City.
What Is Our
Our main goal is
to provide an expedient and efficient snow removal operation.
There are actually two steps implemented to accomplish this. (1)
During snowfalls, snow fighters concentrate on keeping our main
arterials passable for emergency and high volume traffic flows,
and (2) after the snowfall subsides the crews concentrate
efforts on clearing snow from all streets for public use as
promptly as possible. So yes, neighborhood and residential
streets will be cleared last, but all streets are generally
cleared within 18 hours.
Begins A Snow Removal Operation?
During normal business hours, 8:00 a.m.~ 4:30 p.m., Monday ~ Friday, the
Public Works Chair or his/her designee, decides when conditions
warrant the commencement of snow removal operations. After
hours, the Public Works Chair, Police Chief, Mayor, or designee
makes the determination when conditions including, snow, sleet
or freezing rain produce hazardous driving conditions. The
Public Works Department provides for twenty-four hours of
coverage if needed.
Clears the Sidewalks & Bike Pathways?
The City of Princeton clears the snow from the sidewalks located
on River Drive in front of Civic Center, and all city buildings.
Are Streets Plowed?
operations generally begin when snowfall accumulations have
exceeded more than two inches. If the snowfall continues, clean
up may be delayed until after the snowfall event has subsided.
In all cases, clean up procedures will commence before four
inches of snow accumulation. During significant snow storm
events our crews are called in to begin operations between 5:00
to 7:00 a.m. and remain on duty until the event has subsided or
Are Streets Sanded?
for sanding are the main arteries, intersections, school bus
routes and steep roads (particularly East/West streets). Sanding
generally occurs at 6:00 a.m. prior to the school busses leaving
for their respective routes. If a significant snowfall has or is
occurring, this may be delayed due to the fact that the sand
will just be covered up by the snow. It is common for the
employee who is performing the sanding to perform “skid tests”
at several locations to determine which areas require sanding
the most. Rain on clear and/or snow packed roads is a serious
problem in the Princeton area and can cause severe and dangerous
driving conditions. During those conditions it is difficult to
keep sand on the streets and we advise drivers to use extra
Streets Are Cleared First?
stated, our number one goal is to maintain the main arterials
for emergency response equipment. Priority 1 –Emergency
vehicle access and bus routes) Priority 2 –All main
arterial collectors and business districts, Priority 3—all
other streets. At times some flexibility is required to this
plan due to the amount of snowfall or equipment break down.
During snow removal operations we try to keep the graders and
other snow removal equipment plowing rather than moving from one
end of town to the other. Other reasons for flexibility are time
of day and school bus schedules.
& Snow Berms
- The City is not responsible for clearing snow berms from
your driveway. During normal snow plowing events and
clean up operations after heavy snowfalls, we endeavor to
minimize driveway snow berms but in heavy snow it sometimes
cannot be avoided. We will commence our final clean up
operations and endeavor to assist with removal of the "snow berm."
While we realize that this may, at times, cause problems and
inconvenience, PLEASE BE PATIENT. If you do have an emergency
call the Princeton Police Department or Scott County Sheriff’s
Clears States Routes?
of Transportation and Public Facilities clears state roadways
within the City of Princeton. These roads include the Hwy. 67,
You can assist
our employees and equipment operators in several ways.
Enjoy our Winter Wonderland
Always park your vehicle off of the street. This will
save you a possible ticket and/or towing charge.
Advise your children to never play near or in a
snow berm near the roadway.
Do not follow equipment too closely. Please be patient
if you are required to wait behind a piece of snow removal
Make certain that your speed is reasonable for
Please Buckle Up For Safety, and