Snow and Ice Control

The City of Sterling is responsible for snow and ice removal from City streets and parking lots.

The City of Sterling uses eight dump truck plows, five trucks with plows, an end loader with a plow, and a skid loader with a plow to remove snow and ice.

Declaration of Snow Emergency and Notification to Public
Whenever snow, freezing rain, sleet, snowdrifts or other natural phenomena create or are likely to create hazardous road conditions, the Public Works Director, or his designee, will declare a snow emergency. The snow emergency exists until the snow has been removed from the full width of the street or until the Director of Public Works declares the snow emergency is over.

The Public Works Director will use the local news media to announce the declaration of a snow emergency. The prohibition of parking on parts of streets or designated snow route streets will be effective at a specific time to be stated in the announcement not less than one hour after the initial announcement, and such notice shall constitute notice to the general public of the declaration of the emergency.

Towing of Vehicles
During the time of a snow emergency, the Chief of Police or his designee may direct that vehicles parked in violation of this article be towed to the nearest legal parking area in addition to the issuance of a citation.

Parking Prohibited Under Certain Conditions
After the time specified in the declaration of a snow emergency, it is unlawful for any person to obstruct the orderly removal of snow from the city's streets by parking or otherwise leaving unattended any motor vehicle upon:

(1) Snow routes. Any street which has been designated as a snow route. The parking restrictions of this section shall terminate block by block as soon as the accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street.
(2) Central business district. Any street in the central business district between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
(3) Other streets. All other city streets as follows:

During the time of a snow emergency, no person shall leave parked or standing any motor vehicle on an even-numbered side of the street in the city on an odd-numbered day of the month, nor shall any such vehicle be parked or standing on an odd-numbered side of the street in the city on an even-numbered day of the month. Odd-numbered and even-numbered sides of the street refers to the usual residence or building numbers assigned by the proper authority. Even numbers are on the north and east sides of the streets, and odd numbers are on the south and west sides of the streets. Odd- and even-numbered days shall be considered as beginning between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The snow emergency and the parking restrictions shall terminate block by block as soon as the accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street, and at such time regular parking regulations shall go back into effect immediately.


(4) Streets designated under City Ordinances Section 78-225.

Emergency Snow Routes
Emergency snow routes are designated by blue and white snow route signs. The following streets and avenues are hereby declared to be snow routes:

(1) Oak Grove Avenue from Lefevre Road north to West 23rd Street (St. Mary's Road).

(2) Avenue L from Third Street north to Lefevre Road.

(3) Avenue G from Lawrence Park north to Lefevre Road.

(4) Avenue C from West Third Street to West Fifth Street.

(5) Avenue B from Wallace Street north to West Third Street.

(6) Avenue B from West Fifth Street north to Locust Street.

(7) Locust Street from Second Street north to 29th Street (Wahl Road).

(8) First Avenue from the south end of the First Avenue Bridge north to Lefevre Road.

(9) Sixth Avenue from Third Street north to East 28th Street (Crane Road).

(10) Sixteenth Avenue from Third Street north to East 28th Street (Crane Road).

(11) Freeport Road from East Fourth Street to Lynn Boulevard.

(12) Third Street from Avenue M east to Freeport Road.

(13) Fourth Street from Elm Avenue to Avenue C.

(14) Fourth Street from Locust Street to Freeport Road.

(15) Fifth Street from First Avenue to Avenue C.

(16) Eleventh Street from Avenue L east to Sixth Avenue.

(17) Lefevre Road, all in city limits.

(18) Miller Road from Locust Street east to Sixth Avenue.

(19) Twenty-Third Street (St. Mary's Road) from Griswold Avenue east to Locust Street.

(20) Lynn Boulevard, all in city limits.

(21) Second Street from Locust Street to Broadway.

(22) River Road from Lincolnway east to city limits.

(23) Polo Road, all in city limits.

(24) Woodlawn Road from Lincolnway east to city limits.

(25) Griswold Avenue, all in city limits.

(26) Lincolnway from Freeport Road to easterly city limits.

No person shall pile or cause to be piled any snow on avenues, streets, boulevards, alleys, sidewalks or any other city-owned property, except at the direction of the Director of Public Works. Further, no person shall pile or cause to be piled any snow so as to obstruct the vision of a motorist on any public street, avenue, boulevard or alley within the city.