Snow Plowing / Emergency Routes

Snow Removal Priority Plan

The Street Maintenance Division has a snow removal priority plan. The plan divides the city streets into three priority categories: priority one, priority two, and priority three. The priorities are selected on the basis of traffic volumes, steepness of hills, public transit routes, proximity to schools, access to businesses, and low-volume residential streets.

Current Approved Plan

View an in-depth look at the Rawlins Snow Removal Plan (PDF), snow removal information pamphlet (PDF), and the Snow Emergency Removal Map (PDF).

Our Goal

The first goal is to have priorities one and two, as well as school and public transit routes, plowed and deiced and/or sanded by 7:30 am, prior to the morning rush hour traffic. This goal is contingent upon the magnitude and duration of any snow event.

The secondary goal is to have all remaining priority streets plowed within three working days. Non-priority streets are typically low-volume residential streets, which are only plowed if four inches of snow accumulation is present upon completion of priority streets.

You see things we don't!

We encourage people to submit areas where there are problems to us through our website at http://rawlinswy.org/requesttracker.aspx or by calling Public Works at 307-328-4599. There is often a snow plow driver working to take care of the high drift or other problematic areas during large storm events. If the community helps us know which areas are having issues, we can better use our time.

Remember: 

  • It's illegal to push snow into City streets or other right-of-ways. It is dangerous for you, City workers, and traffic as it creates dangerous driving conditions and humps in the road. 
  • Sidewalk and driveway openings are the responsibility of the property owner. 
  • During a snow emergency, all #1 (one) priority routes have a special "No Parking" ban to allow for better snow control. These routes as clearly marked with signs. Parking can resume after it's plowed. 
  • We use gravity plows which are designed to ride on the top of snow pack. Snow removal to the pavement causes issues with water valves, manholes and the road generally. 
  • There are approximately 85 miles of streets in Rawlins. Average snowfall in Rawlins is about 52 inches per year, which is complicated by strong winds. Because of the high cost of equipment and labor, the City cannot economically justify removal of all snowfall from every street in the City.
  • The snow removal plan was designed so very few residents have to go more than a few blocks to get to a plowed street.
  • Our first goal is to have priorities one and two, which includes all school and public transit routes, plowed and deiced and/or sanded by 7:30 am. This is influenced by the severity of the storm. Our second goal is to have all remaining priority streets plowed within three working days.

How can I help?  

  • Use snow tires or chains when necessary.
  • Brake slowly. Allow room between yourself and the next vehicle. 
  • Clear your sidewalk and do not push snow into the City street.
  • In reduced visibility, watch for pedestrians. 
  • Be patient. Plan in extra travel time. 
  • Give snow removal personal time and space to work.

Want this information in a printable format? Click here to download a one-page summary!