Snow/Ice Removal Updates – December 2021

Ridgefield Public Works Crew is on the job to keep our community safe and accessible. Their priority is to keep open and clear the major streets that connect police, fire, and medical services.

Last Updated: 8:00AM Thursday, December 30. 

  • All Priority 1, 2, and 3 routes were plowed and sanded by 5AM this morning in response to midnight snowfall.
  • City offices will open 2 hours late.

Road Closures

Road closures will be posted below when active.

  • S Royle Rd – Local Access Only. S Royle Rd becomes very slick and difficult to drive in snow and ice, even with regular plowing. If you are able, avoid S Royle Rd and consider an alternative route. S Hillhurst Rd and Pioneer St connect in Downtown and are a safer route connecting S Hillhurst to Rosauers or I-5.

Plowing / Snow Removal

Streets are classified by priority for plowing. Main roadways such as Pioneer St, Hillhurst Rd, and Main Ave are cleared first, followed by key collector roadways such as Heron, Pioneer Canyon and Wells Drives.

  • Snow and ice removal is focused on Priority #1 and #2 routes (click here to view the snow & ice removal map) including arterials, collectors and CTRAN bus routes.
  • The City pretreats streets with magnesium chloride which lowers the freezing temperature of water. Liquid magnesium chloride is sprayed onto dry pavement prior to freezing temperatures to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the roadway. The road surface must be dry for application.
  • The City of Ridgefield does not use salt for snow or ice removal because it is not environmentally friendly, it is hard on vehicles, and storage for large amounts of salt is difficult. The City will use sand when appropriate to help provide traction.
  • Plowing may leave a slight build-up of snow at the ends of private driveways. You can help the City and your neighbors by shoveling this build-up out of the way.
  • The City will not plow private parking lots, private roads or driveways.

Safety Reminders

  • If you are driving in snow or ice, use the accelerator and brakes gently. Increase your following distance and decrease your speed.
  • Never follow City snow removal equipment.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and insulate exposed water pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes food, blankets and warm clothes.

Who Should I Call?

  • 9-1-1: Emergency when police, fire, or medical response is required immediately.
  • 3-1-1: Non-emergency law enforcement related complaints. 3-1-1 may not work on some phone, use 360-693-3111.
  • Report a problem to Ridgefield Public Works:

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