Topeka's Rules of the Road

When will city crews be able to clear your street after Tuesday

Malcolm Joslin gets covered in snow as he clears his driveway in Berlin, Vt., Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. A winter storm warning remains in effect into tonight for parts of Vermont. Snow is expected to continue today in the mountains of northern and central Vermont, where a total of 10 to 20 inches is expected.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

FROM CITY HALL -- It is winter and the rules for driving change drastically. No matter how much pre-treatment, salting, or plowing we do, there will always be slick spots and they need to drive defensively and with caution.

Major streets include all arterials, collector streets for residential areas that provide access to schools and all bus routes. On major streets, the goal is to clear these streets of ice and snow as soon as possible. Work on these streets begins at the start of a storm and continues until the streets can be traversed safely. The time necessary to achieve this goal varies with the amount of snow and the length of the snowfall.

Residential streets are not addressed until major streets are clear or are sufficiently clear for traffic to use with normal caution. Smaller plows will attempt to make one pass through residential areas providing a one lane plow thoroughfare down the middle of the street.

Topeka's Municipal Code requires all sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowstorm. Walks left un-shoveled may be cleared by City crews at the expense of the property owner. We need your cooperation to keep your sidewalks safe and passable.

It shall be unlawful for any person to push, plow or otherwise move, or allow the same to be done, snow and/or ice which has accumulated in a public or private parking area onto any public sidewalk, public or private street or handicapped stall.


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