The city has spent several years tweaking and changing its snow removal plan after heavy winter storms hit Lexington in 2015.
The city plows streets with the most traffic and those closest to hospitals, schools and other essential infrastructure first. Rank one streets include Main, Vine and city portions of Nicholasville and Harrodsburg roads inside New Circle Road. The state is responsible for clearing state routes.
Plows than move to rank two streets. Rank two streets include major connector roads between rank one streets. Examples include Rosemont Garden and Bryan Avenue. Rank three streets are then plowed. Rank three streets generally are major roads through neighborhoods such as Zandale Drive, Appian Way and Buck Lane.
Rank four streets are streets in neighborhoods.
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City snow crews can plow much faster if there are no parked cars on ranked streets, city officials have stressed.
To find our where your street is ranked go to the city’s snow removal plan at www.lexingtonky.gov/snow-and-ice-control-plan
The city’s goal is clear roads after a major snow event over 4 inches in 36 hours after snow stops falling.
The state also is responsible for plowing some roads in and outside Lexington.
What about sidewalks?
A city ordinance says residents and businesses have 48 hours to clear sidewalks after snow stops falling and the street has been plowed. The 1979 ordinance was updated in 2016 after many residents complained that too few businesses and residents cleared sidewalks after two major storms in 2015, making walking impossible.
The city does not send inspectors out to check for compliance. The ordinance is enforced if there is a complaint.
To keep up with the city’s snow removal efforts and traffic conditions go to Real-Time Traffic Ticker and the LexWreck Twitter feed. A live video feed of key intersections is available 24 hours a day.