Magnesium Chloride ("mag chloride") is applied only to main streets when conditions permit to prevent snow from bonding to the pavement and forming ice.
Weather conditions have to be right to anti-ice successfully. If there is rain mixed with snow, anti-icing is not effective as the mag chloride will simply wash off the pavement. The pavement temperature must be below freezing with low humidity for anti-icing treatment to be effective.
Snow Begins to Fall:
A de-icing material is applied only to main streets to prevent the snow from accumulating and turning into ice, and main streets are plowed by heavy plows.
Depending on the location, either Ice Slicer, (a dry material that looks like sand but is a naturally mined mix of sodium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride) or liquid magnesium chloride may be used to de-ice.
Major Snow Event:
When 12 inches of snow or more, accompanied by freezing temperatures are predicted between November 15 and March 15, main streets will continue to be plowed by heavy plows and a de-icing material will be applied, residential streets plowed by light plows.
Pushing snow onto sidewalks and driveways is an unfortunate consequence of plowing any street. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask everyone to work together to clear neighborhood walkways.
- Main streets are the priority for Public Works and our largest plows
- Most main streets have stripes – that’s a good way to identify them
- These are the streets that carry most of the city’s traffic as well as emergency vehicles and public transportation.
- We also plow around schools each morning and afternoon to provide safe zones for school children whenever possible.
There will no longer be additional parking restrictions on “Snow Routes” – just follow the posted parking rules, even during the worst storms. If your car is parked legally, you will not receive a ticket