Snow & Ice
City of Green Bay Department of Public Works winter activity report for week of December 8 to 14, 2019:
- Sunday (12/8/19) – DPW pre-treated arterial streets with salt brine
- Monday (12/9/19) – DPW pre-treated arterial streets with salt brine, and some residential streets (hills, curves, intersections) with sand for traction in advance of snow and falling temperatures
- Monday afternoon – DPW plowed and treated arterial streets with salt until 8 p.m.
- Tuesday after midnight (12/10/19) – DPW treated arterial streets with salt for a safe morning commute
- Tuesday during the work day – DPW spreaders are spreading sand in residential neighborhoods (hills, curves, intersections) for traction
- Tuesday – Air temperature will fall with wind chills below zero until Thursday
- Thursday (12/12/19) – Air temperature will rise into the 30’s
- Thursday – As conditions allow after air temperature rises, DPW will begin scraping ice in residential areas. Current cold temperatures don’t allow ice to be scraped off the roadway, and salt doesn’t work that well
Residents are encouraged to slow down and drive with caution due to cold and icy conditions.
This information was last updated 12/10/2019 9:27 a.m.
General Snow & Ice Information
Snow and Ice Control Operations are considered emergency in nature as a public safety event. The Department of Public Works coordinates and performs the snow and ice control for the City of Green Bay.
Residents should pay close attention to local media for information on snow emergencies. Notices are sent to local news media outlets.
Snow and Ice Control Facts
- Green Bay has approximately 456 miles of streets covering 46 square miles along with 23 miles of alleyway, 175 miles of City maintained public walkway, and 4 miles of flood-control dike. During a full snow plow operation, the City is divided into 50 snow plow routes and roughly 85 pieces of snow removal equipment are utilized.
- Street Section makes their own salt brine, which is a combination of salt and water. The salt brine is utilized with liquid calcium chloride and organics as anti-icing agents on primary roadways. The liquid chemicals will leave the roadways with white or brown lines as residue. The combination of these chemicals makes for a safer, more environmentally friendly and cost effective road treatment compared to using pure rock salt.
- In the event snow is predicted, please remove your vehicles from all streets so that the City’s snow crews can clear the roadways. This action will better serve the residents because:
- Plows will be able to clear streets during the plow operation and not have to return to re-plow.
- Plows will not leave a windrow of snow around parked vehicles. Snow windrows may be too high to allow vehicles to easily move out of on-street parking locations.
- Please allow space between your vehicle and snowplows. State Law requires a following distance of no less than 200 feet. In snow plow vehicles, there are many blind spots. Please reduce your speeds to aid in roadway safety.
Snow Plowing Information
Brown County Maintained Roadways
There are areas of the City that are County highway roadways that Brown County is responsible for maintaining, including snow plowing efforts. Please consult the information and linked PDF map below to see if your street is a County-maintained roadway.
- Nicolet Drive (County Highway A) - Scottwood Drive east to City limits
- Oneida Street (County Highway AAA) - Lombardi Avenue south to City limits
- Huron Road (County Highway EA)
- Packerland Drive (County Highway EB)
- Hillcrest Drive (County Highway FF) - State Highway 54 to State Highway 29
- Scottwood Drive (County Highway I) - Nicolet Drive east to City limits
- Humboldt Road (County Highway N) - Bascom Way east to City limits
- Lime Kiln Road (County Highway V) - County Highway G to Debra Street
- East Mason Street (County Highways V and IV) - Huron Road east to City limits
- Lombardi Avenue and Hazelwood Lane (County Highway VK)
If a vehicle is parked on a City of Green Bay Street during a snow occurrence, please consider moving it to an off-street location. This action will better serve residents because:
- Department of Public Works will be able to clear streets to the curb on the first pass and will not have to return to re-plow, reducing the time it will take to finish plowing the City.
- Department of Public Works will not have to leave a windrow of snow around parked vehicles. Snow windrows may be too high to allow vehicles to easily move out of on-street parking locations.
If your mailbox has been damaged or knocked over during a snow plow operation, please call our office with the following information:
- Phone Number
- Whether or not you can receive mail
In accordance with City Ordinance 9.30, owners, renters, and persons in charge of real estate are reminded that all snow and ice must be removed from sidewalk (full width and length) within 24 hours after snow or ice has fallen. Any property found in violation will be addressed by the Department of Public Works immediately without prior notification by the City.
Failure to Clear Sidewalks
Failure to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a storm ends will result in the City removing the snow and/or ice and charging the actual cost of the work to the property owner. In addition, anyone failing to properly remove snow and/or ice from their sidewalk may be issued a citation that could result in a fine of up to $500 for second and subsequent incidents. City of Green Bay Department of Public Works asks all residents to comply with the snow/ice ordinance to promote pedestrian safety, and eliminate the chance of invoices and citations.
For questions or reports of snow and/or ice on sidewalks, please call our office at 920-448-3535.
Do Not Deposit Snow in City Street or Alley
We would also like to remind residents of City Ordinance 9.30 that prohibits owners, renters, or persons in charge of real estate from depositing snow and ice from private property, such as parking lots, service stations, or other private property including residences, into any City street or alley. Anyone depositing snow and ice from private property into City streets or alleys may be issued a citation by the Police Department that could result in a fine of up to $500.
The residents of the City of Green Bay are advised that snow emergencies may be announced. If the area experiences severe weather conditions that include heavy and/or blowing snow, the City of Green Bay may be compelled to swiftly declare a "Snow Emergency" and announce it through the local news media. Please tune in to local news stations for the latest information.
If a Snow emergency is declared, any and all vehicles must be removed from city streets. Failing to do so will result in parking citations and/or towing fees.
Please cooperate in moving vehicles off the streets in any snow emergency so that the Department of Public Works can clear the streets of snow as effectively and as quickly as possible to benefit all.