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.

Proposed Plan for 2020-2021 

Here is a link to the proposed plan 2020-2021. In the attached map, first priority is shown as red, second as blue, and third as green. The bus stops were provided by, and the final map was reviewed by, the Transportation Division of Carbon County School District #1. As you can see, not all bus stops are covered by a snow removal top priority route. However, we do work on any of the areas shown in gray once we are caught up on the priority routes. 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.

                We are also working to install snow fences this year. Thank you to the property owners for allowing us to place fencing on their property. The areas that are currently being addressed are:

  • Old Mt. View School Property between 12th & 11th St.
  • Old Pershing School Property off of Davis & Washington
  • Corner of State St & Pershing St.

The Urban Systems Meeting, at which they will review the snow removal plan, will be held on August 19th at noon at City Hall in the basement. The plan will then go to City Council for approval, likely at the meeting on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:30pm. Public input is welcome at both meetings. If you would like your comments to be heard at Urban Systems, please either submit them under “Snow and Ice Road Issues” on the city website http://rawlinswy.org/requesttracker.aspx or attend the meeting in person.

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.

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.