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Snow Removal

Snow, Anti-icing and De-icing

INTENT :  It is the intent of the City of Plainfield/Division of Public Works to provide timely, efficient and cost-effective winter maintenance of snow removal and ice control on the roadways of the municipality for the safety and benefit of the community and the general motoring public.

PROCEDURE :  The objective stated above will be achieved by implementing and executing the procedures and tasks outlined in the Winter Operation of the City of Plainfield Division of Public Works’ Snow Removal and Ice Control Procedures. Due to the many variables that are inherent in New Jersey’s weather, each plan of action is adjusted utilizing experience managers and staff, dedicated workers and technology to insure the highest level of efficiency.  

LEVEL OF SERVICE :   It is not possible to maintain a snow and ice-free road during every storm.  It is the intention of the City to provide practical safe access to homes, businesses and municipal facilities during winter storms. The Public Works Division has a standard operating procedure by which the existence of hazardous road conditions reported through the Plainfield Police Division are prioritized and appropriate equipment and staff are dispatched to handle the emergency. 

WINTER STORM MAINTENANCE :   Upon notification of a winter storm, the Public

Works Division will call in the appropriate employees, provide them with the appropriate equipment to surface treat roads in the following manner:

Pre-Storm Preparations 48-72 hours:

  • Monitor weather forecast and weather stations
  • Material and supplies are verified.
  • Staff are put on notice and updated on pending weather.
  • Equipment and vehicles are inspected for readiness.


  • Liquid Brine and dry salt will be applied to road surfaces.
  • Dry salt and calcium pallets will be applied to all sidewalks and staircases.

During Storm

  • At the onset of the snow storm, salt spreaders treat the initial 1 to 2 inches of snowfall on our intersections, inclines and declines road surfaces. This will prohibit additional snow accumulations from bonding to the road surfaces. It will enable our roads to remain free as possible from ice or snow pack, during the actual storm as seen effective, and following the storm.
  • As the storm develops and 2 1Ž2 to 3 inches of snow accumulates on the road surface, plowing operations will commence.  Additional staff is called. Plow crews will be formed to complete sections of town utilizing the standard DPW service map. Crews will plow roadways and apply salt as needed. Crews will assure emergency route are given first preference during this period. 


When a storm has completely ended, crews will start their final pass. Crews will plow and salt assigned section (s). Salt is applied as needed.

PLOWING CURB TO CURB : The snow windrow must be pushed back as far as possible for many reasons such as:

  • Storm water run-off
  • Space for future snow storage
  • To permit maximum possible view of traffic of the roads

What can Citizens do to help the Snow Removal Efforts?

  • DO keep your cars parked off the street if possible. If not, try to park all vehicles on the same side of the street.
  • DO remove snow and ice from your walkways. Not only is this the right thing to do, it may save you from a citation.
  • DO place the snow from your sidewalks, driveways and parking spaces onto your property or you risk having them covered when the plows come by. DPW ask residents to be patient as we make multiple passes to clear the roads.
  • DO stay off the roads if possible. Fewer cars mean that our drivers can plow without additional hazards. If you do go out, keep a safe distance from the City’s plows.
  • DO NOT brush snow from cars into the street.
  • DO NOT shovel snow from driveways or sidewalks into the street.
  • Be aware that residents are responsible for the actions of their contractors.


Phone Main (908)753-3427 or (908)753-3426
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