In times of emergency, snow removal updates will be posted on the City’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, or recorded phone line, 942-7733.
When weather forecasts indicate that icy conditions may develop or there is snow in the forecast, Richland street maintenance crews are mobilized to apply anti-icing chemicals to the arterials, collector streets (including school zones), and steep inclined streets. Depending on the type, accumulation, and recurrence of winter storm events, the streets supervisor will determine if and when salt spreaders and plowing equipment will be called out in accordance with the priorities listed below. Snow removal efforts are for vehicular traffic. Bike lanes and shoulders are used for snow storage and are not included in the priorities listed.
Priority 1 - Main arterial streets
Priority 2 - Collector streets / school zones
Priority 3 - High priority steep streets
Followed by remaining residential streets
Parking on the Street
The more cars that are off the street, the faster and more efficient the snow can be removed. If you have a driveway, please use it.
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Residential and business property owners and landlords are responsible for snow and ice control on their private property and public sidewalks fronting their property in accordance with City Ordinance (RMC Title 12.16.020). Please do not place snow in the street.
It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it cannot be avoided.
How to Help
Please report potholes and icy intersections by calling (509) 942-7670. If you reach voicemail, leave the information. The supervisor will be retrieving voicemail messages from their location in the field.
- Whenever possible, pile snow to the right of the driveway to reduce the potential of having it redeposited in your driveway opening
- Shovel your driveway after the storm to avoid doing it twice
- If the collection of garbage is interrupted due to a storm, remove all recycle and garbage bins to avoid them being buried in snow
- In the interest of safety, clear fire hydrants of snow in your neighborhood
Please be Patient
The City has five snow plows and a grader to clear Richland’s roads. They work in split shifts during severe events for around-the-clock snow removal operations. If snowfall or freezing rain resumes before we have gotten to your street, it likely means the crews have had to start over on Priority 1 streets again. Snow removal can be a monumental task with our limited equipment, and street crews do their best around the clock to get the roads cleared.
If police, fire or ambulance personnel need assistance to reach their emergency, they will let us know and we will respond immediately to their needs.