Prepare for winter weather
Winter season calls for watching forecasts and following parking, driving and sidewalk clearance practices when snow falls. City crews generally begin plowing streets when 3” of snow builds up.
Follow all snow rules —
- Snow tires or chains are required for motor vehicle travel in the City during winter conditions.
- Whenever possible, park vehicles in driveways or garages.
- Parking is prohibited on North and East sides of roadways to allow for snow removal when needed.
- It’s an owner’s or tenant’s responsibility to remove snow from sidewalks and around fire hydrants.
- Place snow in yards (not in streets) to keep storm drains open.
- Immediately move fender benders off road.
- Pedestrians should stay out of roadways — Plows have limited visibility, response, and braking ability.
- Do not use roads for recreation (sledding, skiing, making snow caves in roadway piles, etc.)
SNOW ROUTE MAP
Hood River Public Works dept. prioritizes plowing of roadways in the city limits. For more details and a map of plowing priority visit Public Works winter streets page. Reminder, during snow events there is no parking on primary streets in the Downtown and Heights District between the hours of 12am and 6am.
The City of Hood River appreciates your patience and cooperation during snow events!
City’s multi-year water-sewer pipes project underway
The City’s multi-year water-sewer reconstruction project kicked off in August with contracts for the first three projects approved and scheduled. The first project on Cascade Ave. between 15th and 18th lasted nearly three months. It replaced 879 linear feet of new water main and services and 865 linear feet of new sewer main and services, as well as sidewalk, curb and guardrail replacement. Beam Excavating completed this project for the City.
Two other projects for this fiscal year (ending June 30, 2022) were delayed slightly due to supply chain issues. A segment of the Sherman Avenue project between 9th – 12th Street started in late October, and hopes are to proceed to other sections pending materials and weather. The Sherman Avenue project includes construction of approximately 975 linear feet of new water main and services and 2,100 linear feet of new sewer main and services. Beam Excavating was also awarded this project.
The Prospect Avenue project running from 1st Street to 7th Street was delayed until early 2022 due to supply of PVC material. All City clay pipes and lead-jointed waterlines are slated for replacement or rehabilitation by 2030. Despite their name, city-owned lead-jointed water lines pose no risk to public drinking water; however, they are past their useful life and mandated to be replaced.
Fall leaf drop-off — The City of Hood River provides leaf drop-off as a free fall season service at its Public Works facility on weekdays between 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. through December 3rd.
The Public Works facility is located at 1200 18th Street. Residents must empty any bagged leaves. Branches and other brush can be placed in organic waste bins (to be picked up on regular waste pick-up days) or taken to the Hood River Transfer Station at 3440 Guignard Road (386-4676).
Drop-off service is for City residents only (no landscaping businesses please). Residents can also dispose of leaves in yard waste bins or use them to mulch yards and gardens. If you would like leaves for mulch, please contact Marlo Messmer at 541-387-5201.
Right-of-way safety — The City would like to remind property owners that it’s their responsibility to keep sidewalks next to property in safe condition, including removing fallen leaves. Owners are liable for damages and injuries resulting from unsafe sidewalks adjacent to their property.
Keep storm drains clear — Businesses and residents are reminded not to rake or blow leaves into gutters or streets as they can plug storm drains (a violation of the Hood River Municipal Code). If there are catch basins by your property, please help keep them clear of leaves and debris to keep water draining and streets from flooding.
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