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 following priorities:
Priority 1 - Main arterial streets
Priority 2 - Collector streets / school zones
Priority 3 – Hilly residential streets
Priority 4 – Remaining residential streets
Please be Patient
The City has five snow plows and a grader to clear Richland’s roads. The Streets Maintenance Division has nine employees who can operate the equipment. 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.
Parking on the Street
The more cars 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 are sorry for this inconvenience, but please understand that 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.