Department of Public Works

Snow Removal

There's no getting around it: Winter and snow go hand-in-hand and the City helps residents and visitors get through it, literally, with our snow removal services.

Department of Public Works

Snow Removal

There's no getting around it: Winter and snow go hand-in-hand and the City helps residents and visitors get through it, literally, with our snow removal services.

On average, the city gets 23.3 inches of snow each year from seven to nine snowfalls. But in the winter of 2013-14, 55.4 inches – the second-largest seasonal total ever recorded – fell in the region, and Lawrence rose to the occasion, plowing streets more quickly and efficiently than many neighboring cities.

We have 165 miles of roads to plow and our snowplow operators typically have to go over them three or four times to completely clear them.

Here’s how you can help:

Clear snow away from fire hydrants so firefighters and water maintenance workers can get quick access in an emergency.

Remove snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your house or business.

Report slippery intersections or other unsafe areas to the Lawrence Police Department at 317-545-7575.

Don’t shovel or plow ice and snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the street and don’t pile it in such a way as to obstruct motorists’ vision.

On garbage day, place trash and recycling containers off the street but close enough to be picked up by workers without forcing them to climb through snow banks.

Be patient with us. We’ll get to your street as quickly as we can.