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
As a rule, the City does not generally plow subdivisions or the narrower residential streets because it can cause significant damage to parked cars, mailboxes, landscaping and even endanger pedestrians. Employees do apply sand and salt mixed with deicer on virtually every intersection in town.
We Work Till The Job Gets Done!
The City of Twin Falls has eight snowplows and sanders, as well as snow blowers and other equipment. When our Streets Department receives a call from citizens or our police officers regarding hazardous road conditions, it dispatches snowplows and sanders - no matter what the day or time.
Under heavy snowfall, our street workers will rotate in shifts to work around the clock to clear streets and lay sand. Often times, the workers will have to re-plow primary roadways when snow continues to fall for long periods of time.
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.