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City Deploys 15 Snow Plows and 4 Sanding Trucks Across Tacoma

City Deploys 15 Snow Plows and 4 Sanding Trucks Across Tacoma


February 7, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


City Deploys 15 Snow Plows and 4 Sanding Trucks Across Tacoma


Snow is in the forecast and Tacoma is expected to get accumulations starting tomorrow, Friday, February 8, through Saturday, February 9. Starting tonight at 10 PM, the City of Tacoma Public Works Department’s Street Operations Division is deploying 15 snow plows and 4 sanding trucks throughout Tacoma and will continue snow operations throughout the storm event.


During a snowstorm event, City crews plow and de-ice streets on a priority level, beginning with primary arterial streets, followed by secondary and auxiliary routes. City crews do not plow and or de-ice residential streets. The time required to clear these routes depends on the intensity and severity of the snowstorm.


Residents can prepare for winter weather by:


  • Equipping vehicles with good tires, windshield wipers, chains, sand, and emergency supplies.
  • Researching public transportation options.
  • Planning driving routes and organizing them by primary, secondary and then auxiliary routes as outlined on the City’s snow routes map.
  • For those living on a hill or somewhere difficult to access in the snow, look for a flat place to legally park your vehicle on nights when snow is forecasted. Also, choose a location where putting on chains can be done safely.
  • For those who live or work on a primary, secondary or auxiliary snow plow route, look for an adjacent flat street to legally park your vehicle. Doing so will prevent vehicles from getting covered or blocked in by plowed snow and will make it easier for crews to safely plow city street.


For more information on winter preparedness and to view the snow routes map, visit cityoftacoma.org/inclementweather.