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Inclement Weather

Image of snow plow on clearing snow from the streets in Tacoma

Proactive Anti-Icing 

In Tacoma, City crews start anti-icing operations at the first report of freezing temperatures. Crews mobilize and pre-treat the anti-icing routes with salt brine (a saltwater solution), which reduces the bonding of ice to the streets. Depending on the severity and intensity of the forecasted freezing temperatures, crews will pre-treat the City’s street system based upon the following priorities: bridges, bridge approaches, shaded hills and curves. If snow is also in the forecast, crews will pre-treat designated snow routes.


Snow Response

City crews plow and de-ice streets on a priority level, beginning with primary arterial streets, followed by secondary and auxiliary routes. City crews clear one lane of traffic in each direction on prioritized Snow Routes. The time required to work through the primary, secondary and auxiliary routes depends on the intensity of a particular snow storm and how much snow or ice accumulates. Crews aren’t able to remove snow from residential streets.
City of Tacoma’s Snow Routes map

Pierce Transit and the Public Works Department have worked together to make sure transit routes are ready for winter weather, and residents are encouraged to leave their personal vehicles at home and use public transportation during storms.

Pierce Transit Snow Routes

Garbage and Recycling

If your containers were not picked up due to especially treacherous road conditions around your neighborhood, please leave your containers out. The City will collect them later. To report a missed pickup or for other questions, please call (253) 591-5543.

Sidewalk Snow Removal

In accordance with Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) 9.16.050, property owners must see to the removal of snow and ice from bordering public sidewalks every 24 hours. City crew’s clear sidewalks of snow and ice only from sidewalks adjacent to City-owned properties. Together, these efforts help members of our community to get around safely.


Fallen Trees

Abutting property owners are responsible for maintaining the right-of-way in a manner that is safe for the public, including fallen trees in planting strips. Public Works will remove sections of downed trees that are blocking the street or sidewalk only. Tree debris will be placed in the planting strip between the sidewalk and the curb by the owner's property for the property owner to arrange disposal of. To report the location of a downed tree, call (253) 591-5495.

Power Lines

Power lines from pole to house are the property owner's responsibility to maintain. However, you may report trees hung up in power lines or down lines to Tacoma Power (253) 502-8729.

To report an outage please call (253) 502-8602 or report an outage through MyTPU.

To have the power shut off for pruning, please call Tacoma Power and leave a message at (253) 502-8729.

 

Alerts and School Closures

WSDOT travel alerts
Tacoma Public Schools

Winter Preparedness

Local Weather
Prepare for a Power Outage
Prepare for a Flood
Pierce County Emergency Information
Ready.gov
Take Winter by Storm

Phone Numbers

TacomaFIRST 311
311
(253) 591-5000

 

Public Works
Emergencies
(253) 591-5495

Fallen Trees in Rights-of-Way
(253) 591-5495

 

Environmental Services
Clogged Street Drains
(253) 591-5585

  

Garbage & Recycling - Missed Pickups
(253) 591-5543

  

Tacoma Power
(253) 502-8729

Power Outages
(253) 502-8602

 

Police
Non-Emergencies
(253) 798-4721

Emergencies
911

 

Fire
(253) 591-5737