Winter Snow Removal
Roads within the City have been prioritized for snow and ice control operations based on many variables including: overall traffic circulation, emergency services, terrain slope, business and residential needs. When needed, the Public Works division is capable of providing round-the-clock snow removal. During heavy snowfall events, crews will maintain the driving integrity of emergency response facilities, priority streets, hospital zones and schools before plowing any other residential streets. This is necessary in order to keep the city collectors clear in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Observe winter conditions vehicular parking regulations on ALL city streets.
- Parking is not permitted on north side of a street (unless signs prohibit parking on the south side of the street).
- Parking is not permitted on east sides of streets (unless signs prohibit parking on the west side of the street).
City Street Snow Plowing Priorities
(See the City of Hood River snow plow priority map for exact locations)
|Priority 1: First Responders||The City Fire Station (1785 Meyer Parkway) and Police Headquarters (211 2nd Street).|
|Priority 1: Downtown||Cascade Avenue, Wasco Street, Oak Street, Front Street, State Street, Sherman Avenue, Serpentine Road, Hazel Avenue, Rand Road, May Street, 17th Street, and 22nd Street.|
|1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Streets between State and Columbia.|
|13th Street between Oak Street and Belmont Avenue.|
|12th Street between May Street and Brookside Drive|
|30th Street between May Street and Sherman Avenue|
|Priority 1: Heights||Pine Street and Pacific Avenue|
|Belmont Avenue between 22nd Street and 13th Street|
|Priority 1: Waterfront||Riverside Drive, Portway Ave, Anchor Way, 2nd Street, North 8th Street.|
|Priority 2: Majority Residential||Prospect Avenue, Montello Street, Eugene Street, Taylor Avenue, Hull Street, Wilson Street|
|Priority 3: Downtown, Heights, and Residential||All remaining local streets.|
The City of Hood River provides a Winter Season Snow Plow Street Map for Print and Online.
This information sheet will give you a better understanding of the City’s snow removal procedures.
Tips for Snow Conditions
- Avoid Parking on the Street – At the first sign of snowfall or earlier, residents are responsible for moving personal vehicles off roads and onto their private property. Public works crews will not clear roads where operators deem too many vehicles are acting as obstructions.
- Give plows and sanding trucks room to maneuver; do not follow too closely.
- Do not pass trucks when snow is being plowed or sand is being applied.
- Do not pull out into the intersection when snowplow trucks are approaching.
Blocked Driveways – It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations; this cannot be avoided. Public works personnel regret this inconvenience but have limited equipment and staff hours to clear all City’s streets. Residents are responsible for clearing snow at the end of driveways.
Sidewalks – It is the responsibility of property owners or residents to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to the properties. Following a snow event, public works crews routinely sweep excess sand from the street. It is residents’ and business owners’ responsibility to sweep excess sand that has accumulated on the sidewalk into the street for street sweepers to pick up.