- Snow Removal
There are more than 630 miles of city streets to be plowed and/or sanded when a storm moves in. During periods of snowfall, roadways will be plowed and sanded in order of priority. Please view the Priority List or Priority Map.
The City does not normally plow subdivisions or residential streets because plows can inadvertently block-in driveways with snow, and also because some residential streets are too narrow for plows to operate. The Street Department does apply sand and salt mixed with deicer on almost all intersections within the city limits.
We Work Till the Job Is Done!
The City of Twin Falls has eight snowplows and sanders, as well as blowers and other snow removal equipment. When your City Street Department is contacted by citizens, first responders, and city staff regarding hazardous road conditions, it dispatches all necessary resources - no matter the time or day.
Under heavy snowfall, street workers rotate shifts to work around the clock to clear streets and lay sand. Workers must continually re-plow primary roadways when snow falls to ensure that they remain clear.
Tips For Staying Safe During Winter Driving
SLOW DOWN: The posted speed limit is the recommended speed under ideal driving conditions. When snow and ice are present, drivers should reduce their speed to prevent collisions or losing control of the vehicle.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME: One of the most common reasons that drivers do not slow down during hazardous conditions is because they did not give themselves extra time for their commute. In general, give yourself an extra 15 minutes during the winter to scrape your windshield and drive a little slower.
SPEAKING OF THE WINDSHIELD: Scrape as much ice as possible off the windshield, driver-side window, front passenger-side window, and rear window. Also be sure that the windows are not foggy. This will help you see pedestrians and other vehicles in your periphery - and prevent a costly and potentially deadly incident.
SPACE IT OUT: The three-second rule states the following: when following another vehicle, drivers should pick a point on the road and count slowly to three after the vehicle in front passes the point. If the driver passes the chosen point before the count of three, then that driver is following too close. During normal diving conditions drivers are required to use the three-second rule - during hazardous driving conditions, drivers should count to five or more. Most vehicle collisions are caused by drivers following too close to other vehicles.
STOP EARLY AND SLOWLY: Even after snow plows have scrapped the snow and laid down sand at intersections, it is still likely that the intersection is slick from ice or a thin layer of compacted snow. Double or even triple your stopping distance - heavier vehicles like trucks require more stopping distance on slick roadways. Also, apply the break gently to avoid losing traction.