During regular work hours, the Department of Public Works determines when streets require attention. After regular work hours, the Officer in Charge will advise the police dispatcher to call in the snow crews when the conditions warrant.
The City of Trenton is currently divided into four snow removal zones with approximately 12 miles of roadways in each section. Each area is assigned a truck with a plow and salt spreader. Additional trucks may be assigned as appropriate. If weather conditions warrant, maintenance crews transition to 24-hour operations with a driver working a 12-hour day shift and a second driver working a 12-hour night shift. Once weather conditions permit, drivers revert to their normal work schedules.
High traffic streets are treated first to maintain access for emergency vehicles and traffic flow. This would include hills, curves, busy intersections and school zones. Streets with lower traffic flow and smaller connector streets are treated next. Finally low-traveled subdivision streets, dead-ends, cul-de-sacs and alleys are treated.
Although drivers are given these priorities, they are able to adjust them due to practical experience, weather or unforeseen conditions. Heavy snow or ice may cause them to change their priorities.
During prolonged snowstorms, it is necessary for the snow plow operators to make repeated passes on the main street to keep traffic flowing. This delays the plows from clearing the neighborhood streets.
During heavy snow events, extra time is required to clear intersections of snow ridges that result when plow drivers cross the intersection on either intersecting street.
You can find our Snow Route Priority Map here.