Snow gates are used across Sioux Falls during snow alerts this winter season. Here are some facts the residents of Sioux Falls should know about the use of snow gates in the City’s snow removal program.
- Snow gates are used only during snow alerts.
- Snow gates are used city-wide during snow alerts, with the exception of emergency snow routes that are three lanes or wider.
- Snow gates should reduce the amount of snow deposited in driveways but do not eliminate the potential for snow buildup in driveways.
- Motorgraders work in pairs. Only the second motorgrader that passes your driveway, or the one closest to the curb, will use the snow gate.
- The use of snow gates may narrow roadways, especially as the winter continues, since the plows can no longer reach all the way to the curb.
- While snow gates should reduce the amount of snow deposited by snow plows into driveways, that snow will now be deposited at the side of the driveway. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure mailboxes are accessible to mail carriers and that sightlines do not cause safety risks.
- The use of snow gates may be suspended during snow events in which the snow is greater or wetter than their use would be effective.
City ordinance states that when a snow alert is declared, vehicles cannot be parked on the street until the street has been plowed. Vehicles that are parked illegally during snow alerts will be ticketed and may be towed.
Be the first to know each time a snow alert is issued by receiving text notifications. To subscribe, send a text with the word SNOW to 605-413-1990.