Snow and Ice

What You Can Expect from Us

Dump trucks converted into snow plowsOnce snow is predicted, we convert our five City-owned dump trucks to snow plows. We deploy two trucks to the Westside, two to the Eastside, and one to southeast Olympia.

Roads

Our first priority is to keep lifeline (primary) roads and open during snow and ice events. Lifeline roads are the main routes that fire, police and transit need to use. Secondary and neighborhood roads will only receive treatment once all higher priority roads are cleared. If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

Priority 1: Lifeline (Primary) Streets

While all primary streets are considered priority, some areas may take longer to treat, which may delay response times to other areas.

  • 14th Avenue (Fones to City Limits)
  • 18th Avenue (Fones to Boulevard Road)
  • 4th Avenue E
  • Bethel Street
  • Boulevard Road (to City Limits)
  • Ensign Road
  • Fones Road
  • Lilly Road
  • Martin Way
  • Pacific Avenue
  • Puget Street
  • San Francisco Avenue (Puget to Bethel)
  • Sleater-Kinney Raod
  • State Avenue
  • Union Avenue

Priority 2: Secondary Streets

These roads will only receive treatment, once primary streets are clear.  If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

  • Herman Road
  • Hoffman Road
  • Morse-Merryman Road
  • Pattison Avenue
  • South Bay Road
  • Wiggins Road

Priority 3: Neighborhood Streets

These roads will only receive treatment, once primary and secondary streets are clear.  If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

  • Ames Road
  • Central Street
  • Miller Avenue
  • Phoenix Street
  • Pine Avenue
  • 26th Avenue (Lister to Chehalis Western Trail)
  • Allen Road
  • Amhurst Street
  • Bigelow Avenue
  • Craig Road
  • Ethridge Avenue
  • Greenfield (Hoffman to Kempton)
  • Kasey Keller Way
  • Kempton Street
  • Lister Road
  • Marion Avenue
  • Wilson Street

Priority 1: Lifeline Primary Streets

While all primary streets are considered priority, some areas may take longer to treat, which may delay response times to other areas.

  • 14th Avenue (Tunnel)
  • 22nd Avenue
  • Adam Street
  • Boulevard Road (to City limits)
  • Capitol Way
  • East Bay Drive
  • Eastside Street
  • Henderson Boulevard
  • Jefferson Street
  • Legion Way
  • Plum Street
  • Union Avenue

Priority 2: Secondary Streets

These roads will only receive treatment, once primary streets are clear. If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

  • 18th Avenue (Wilson to Boulevard)
  • Cain Road
  • Carlyon Avenue
  • Log Cabin Road
  • Maple Park Drive
  • North Street
  • Wheeler Avenue
  • Wilson Street (18th to 22nd)

Priority 3: Neighborhood Streets

These roads will only receive treatment, once primary and secondary streets are clear. If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

  • Briggs Drive
  • Eskridge Boulevard
  • O'Farrell Avenue
  • 5th Avenue (Downtown)
  • 8th Avenue (Downtown)
  • 11th Avenue (Downtown)
  • A Avenue
  • Amhurst Street
  • Marion Avenue
  • Wilson Street
  • Beacon Avenue
  • Corky Avenue
  • Columbia Street
  • Eastwood Drive (Fir to Cain)
  • Edinburgh Avenue
  • Fir Street (22nd to Eskridge)
  • Forest Hill Drive
  • Frederick Street
  • Governor Stevens Avenue (Fir to Cain)
  • Holiday Drive
  • Market Street
  • Washington Street (11th to Union)
  • 28th Avenue (Off Bulevard)
  • 30th Avenue (Boulevard to Hoffman

Priority 1: Lifeline Primary Streets

While all primary streets are considered priority, some areas may take longer to treat, which may delay response times to other areas.

  • 28th Avenue
  • Black Lake Boulevard
  • Capital Mall Drive
  • Cooper Point Road
  • Crestline Boulevard
  • Division Street
  • Elliott Avenue
  • Evergreen Park Drive
  • Harrison Avenue/Mud Bay Road
  • Olympic Way
  • Raft Avenue
  • West Bay Drive
  • Yauger Way

Priority 2: Secondary Streets

These roads will only receive treatment, once primary streets are clear. If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

  • 14th Avenue/Walnut Road
  • 20th Avenue/Elliott
  • 21st Avenue
  • 4th Avenue W (Hospital Hill)
  • 9th Avenue
  • Carriage Drive/Capital Auto Mall
  • Conger Avenue
  • Goldcrest Drive
  • Kaiser Road
  • Lakemoor/Ken Lake
  • Mottman Road
  • Park Drive
  • Road 65
  • RW Johnson

Priority 3: Neighborhood Streets

These roads will only receive treatment, once primary and secondary streets are clear.  If snow begins to accumulate at any time, plows will return to primary streets.

  • 6th Avenue
  • Bowman Avenue
  • Brawne Avenue
  • Bush Avenue
  • Cooper Crest Street
  • Decatur Street
  • Fern Street
  • Madison Avenue
  • Percival Street
  • Rogers Street
  • Walnut Loop

Downtown streets are only plowed when we expect a snow accumulation of 6" or more with extended forecast for freezing conditions. This is because Downtown streets do not usually experience as much accumulation as other areas due to traffic volumes. Also, there is no place to plow the snow without blocking on-street parking.

Hills

In the event of impending storms, snow or ice we closely monitor several hills that require extra precaution. Be aware that we may close or open these roads as conditions change.

Westside

  • 4th Ave W, Sherman to Olympic
  • 5th Ave W, Sherman to Olympic
  • Brawne Ave, Rogers to West Bay
  • Garfield Ave, Sherman to West Bay
  • Lakeridge Dr, Evergreen Park to Deschutes
  • Raft Ave, Crestline to West Bay

Eastside

  • 7th Ave, Central to McCormick
  • 10th Ave, Central to Fir
  • Berry St, East Bay to Milas
  • Bigelow St, Quince to Eastside
  • San Fransisco Ave, East Bay to Quince


What We Do

Staff preparing salt brine

When Snow is Predicted

An anti-icing agent consiting of salt, whey and molasses is applied to designated locations, including hills and bridges, to keep snow and ice from accumulating or bonding to the pavement.

View our Anti-Icing Routes


Staff converts dump truck into a snow plow

When Snow Begins to Fall

All crew members report to work and prepare equipment for plowing operations. If heavy snow is predicted, crews switch to 24-hour operations.

 


Snow plow clearing Olympia streets

When Snow Begins to Accumulate

Plows and/or sand/salt trucks are deployed. Plows will work the routes based on level of priority. See the Live Plow Map at the bottom of this page to monitor plow activity in real time.

 


Streep sweeper cleaning left over sand

After the Snow is Gone

Street Sweepers are sent out to collect sand from streets. They will first focus on main arterials and continue to sweep streets until all sand has been cleared.

We Recycle the Sand: In keeping with our values of sustainability, the City of Olympia, Public Works Department recycles the sand collected by street sweepers. If the sand is contaiminated by debris (like leaves, branches, etc) it is set aside and then later screened and returned to clean piles for re-use.

Sand Will Not Plug Storm Drains: Because we have a great preventive maintenance program, the amount of sand that may go into stormdrains prior to sweeping will not plug the drains. However, please do NOT push sand down into the storm drain.

Sand is Captured On-site: Storm drains are designed in such a way the sand does NOT make its way to streams and the sound, but is instead captured onsite. This is similar to the way leaves and other debris are captured.

Sand Left on Sidewalks: If you have sand on your sidewalk, we ask that you dispose of it safely. Please do NOT push it down into the storm drain. You can email publicworks@ci.olympia.wa.us  and give us the address of where the sidewalk needs to be cleared and we will add it to our list. Be sure to provide a contact name, phone number, and site address.


Live Plow Map


  • This map provides information on road closures and treatment locations in the event of snow and/or ice on the roadways.
  • Once snow plows are in use, you will be able to track their location and see which roads have been treated in the last hour. Treatment types include deicing, sanding, salting, or plowing.
  • As a snow plow travels, the route is tracked in green. This information reflects the last 60 minutes of travel.
  • If it becomes necessary to close hills, those locations will also be indicated on the map. The locations we typically need to close are currently shown on the map in green. Once they are closed, they will turn red.
  • To refresh data, zoom in/out or pan the map.


Questions?

Public Works Dispatch
360.753.8333, Option 0
publicworks@ci.olympia.wa.us