City News & Updates

Posted on: January 11, 2018

Incoming Winter Storm . . . City Crews Work 24/7 to Keep Roads Clear

Hudson Snow Plow

Hudson strives to keep roads clear when it snows by planning routes and operations. With a significant snow event on the horizon this weekend, Hudson will employ the latest in snow fighting technology and equipment and an organized plan to handle the event.

In advance of the snow, the City has issued a snow parking ban that will be in effect from 12 p.m. noon on Friday, January 12 through 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13. Please remove all vehicles from the streets during that time.

Hudson has 14 snow routes that encompass 350 lane miles, along with 218 cul-de-sacs.  To plow every street in Hudson is like driving from here to Chicago, which is a 5 or 6-hour drive.  It takes time for snow crews to plow and salt every street once, and crews must plow SR 8 and the main roads many times during a significant storm. In general, it requires the same amount of time to clear all Hudson’s streets after it stops snowing that it takes for the snow event to occur. On average, if it snows for 8 hours, it takes at least 8-10 hours after the snow stops to clear all the roads and cul-de-sacs.

Hudson streets are categorized by Priority 1, 2, or 3, with the Priority 1 being SR 8, main roads and arterial streets, such as SR 303, SR 91 and Stow Road. Crews concentrate on the Priority 1 roads first, making sure they are passable before concentrating on the secondary streets. Crews will service neighborhood streets as quickly as possible throughout and after a snow event. Cul-de-sacs are plowed when other roads have been completed.

Helpful Tips for Residents  
•Trucks plow snow from the middle of the street to the curbside.  The snow will land in front of driveways. Be prepared to clear driveway aprons and sidewalk sections.
•Please do not park cars on the street during snow events. This helps reduce the potential of a vehicle being “snowed in”
•Please do not place garbage cans in the street where the snowplow must maneuver around them.
•Please do not blow/plow snow into the street – Hudson Codified Ordinances Chapter 860.
•Please do not plow snow into the center of the cul-de-sac, or block hydrants.

As the snow begins falling this weekend, snow team crews will be treating roads accordingly.  Remember to give our snow plows room. Drivers must maneuver a 27-ton truck through the City’s narrow, winding streets, dealing with foggy windows, swirling snow, low visibility, slippery roads and icy intersections. Leave a good distance between your vehicle and City plow trucks. Please be cautious if you must be on the road.

Learn more about the City’s snow plow route map, salting program and snow parking bans, visit our Snow and Ice Control page. Or, check out interesting facts on our Snow Control Program Fact Sheet.

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