Winter Snow Removal
The City of Hood River provides a Winter Season Snow Plow Street Map. This information sheet will give you a better understanding of the City’s snow removal procedures.
Snow Removal/Sanding Procedures
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).
Priority 1 – Emergency response facilities, hospital and school zones and primary streets connecting higher traffic routes.
Downtown Primary Streets:
- Oak Street between Front and 7th
- Front Street
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Streets between State and Columbia
- Parking Restriction: No parking on either side of the street is allowed between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of the time restriction may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Heights Primary Streets:
- 13th Street between Oak Street and Belmont Avenue
- 12th Street between May Street and Belmont Avenue
- Belmont Avenue, A, B, C Streets, and Taylor Avenue between 12th and 13th
- Parking Restriction: No parking on either side of the street between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of the time restriction may be towed at owner’s expense.
Priority 2 – City industrial streets, selected collector streets and bus routes
Priority 3 – School entry streets
Priority 4 – All remaining local streets, such as residential
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.