The Johnston Public Works crews are proud to serve this great community. During snow events, they pride themselves in ensuring roads are clear, so residents can safely get to and from their destination.
During the most recent storm event, crews spent 280 hours clearing the snow. While this seems like a large number of hours, there are 234 lane miles in Johnston. Crew members typically begin their day around 3 a.m., if it snows overnight. Depending on the snowfall amount, crews can usually get one pass through the entire City in about five hours. They ensure the main roads are clear before moving into the residential areas. To keep snowplow drivers working efficiently, please ensure all vehicles are removed when the snow ordinance goes into effect.
The main roads include Beaver Drive, NW 70th Avenue, NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston Drive, and Merle Hay Road. Once these are clear, crews will move west to NW 86th Street, NW 100th Street, and NW 54th Avenue.
Once the roads are complete, the crews work to clear bridges and large islands, like those you see on Merle Hay Road. Clearing this snow will prevent it from refreezing on the roadway. Public Works crews then move to address areas of concern and remove snow from cul-de-sacs with a loader and trucks. Removal of snow out of these areas can take up to several weeks.
Within Public Works, we are certainly proud of the combined service years. Between the crews working to clear the snow, we have 181 years of experience! If you have ever sat inside of a snowplow, it isn't easy to see in front of you. It certainly takes the right people to ensure your roads are clear during winter storm events. During a snow event, Public Works can have up to 20 employees clearing the streets. During an event, please be patient. They are often working long hours to ensure the roads are safe.
The Johnston Public works crews remind residents to keep garbage/recycling bins at the end of their driveway and out of the street. As crews plow snow, especially measurable amounts, those bins can get knocked over from the force of the snow coming off the wing.
As you clear your driveway and sidewalks, please avoid pushing or blowing snow into the street. It is against the City code, but it will also ensure the roads Public Works has cleared stay that way.
If you have any questions or concerns during the snow removal process, please contact Public Works at 515-278-0822.