Winter Weather Warning still in place; Please do not park on street
Crews continue to clear ice from the streets, so please continue to keep parked cars OFF of O'Fallon's streets.
- The RSC will be open Monday, March 3rd, but all morning classes and programs have been cancelled. Please check www.renaudspiritcenter.com Monday for updates on the afternoon schedule.
- Please do NOT park on the street today. Please move your cars into the driveway and/or garage! Please note: per City ordinance, a street parking ban begins as soon as any accumulation occurs. If we do get hit by this storm, please do not park on the street during this winter weather event, or your vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed at the owners' expense.
- Please bring pets inside due to the dangerously cold temperatures.
Removing snow from streets as safely and efficiently as possible is a priority for the City of O'Fallon. With more than 700 lane miles of roadway and 1,100 cul-de-sacs, snow removal involves nearly every City department, more than 40 trucks, and numerous employees working 12-hour shifts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What roads are cleared by the City of O’Fallon’s crews?
The City of O’Fallon is responsible for clearing most streets in O’Fallon’s City Limits, including major thoroughfares such as Mexico, Feise and Bryan Roads.
However, several Interstate and State Highways bisect O’Fallon, including I-70, I-64, Hwy. K, Hwy. N, Hwy. 79, Hwy. DD, South 364 Outer Road, Technology Drive, East and West Terra Lanes and some parts of Veterans Memorial Parkway. These roads are controlled by the State of Missouri and are the responsibility of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). The City of O’Fallon cannot clear these areas. If you have questions or concerns about these roads, please contact MoDOT at 1-888-ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or 314-275-1500.
How quickly will the City of O’Fallon clear my street?
The goals of snow removal operations are to have collector and arterial streets cleared for two-way traffic within 6 hours of the end of the storm and to have a clear path (the width of one car) on all residential streets within 12 hours of the end of a storm. The widening out of streets and clean-up phase will continue for 24-36 hours after the end of a storm.
In lighter snow events, the City often completes this process faster, but in heavy snow events, the process does take time.
It says residential streets will have a “clear path” within 12 hours of the end of the storm. What does clear path” mean?
A “clear path” is a cleared path through the snow approximately the width of one car which allows traffic to get in and out of streets. It does not mean that the street will be bare pavement and it does not mean the street will be cleared from curb to curb or that two full lanes of traffic can get through easily. It is a one-car pathway. Once the entire route is completed to the “clear path” standard, our snow fighters will return to begin widening that “clear path.”
What can homeowners do to help speed the process along?
Get parked cars off the streets and stay clear of snow plows! Parked cars along the streets provide dangerous obstacles for plows. In addition, they simply don’t allow snow fighters to do their jobs. If a car is parked on the street, that area does not get plowed effectively. It is both dangerous to drivers and inconsiderate to neighbors who are stuck dealing with snow piles left in their street.
What if I don’t want to move my parked car off the street?
You’re breaking the law. O’Fallon’s Municipal Code requires that parked cars be moved off the streets anytime there is an accumulation of snow, ice, or other frozen precipitation. In the past, the City has asked for and received voluntary compliance to this law. However, during recent storms dating back to last winter, this voluntary compliance has dropped, meaning snow fighters are at risk and neighbors are more inconvenienced. Effective immediately, any car parked on a street during a snow event may be ticketed. And, if that car is preventing snow fighters from safely completing their routes, it may be towed. No warnings will be issued. When snow and ice hit, get parked cars off the street immediately and keep them off until the roads are cleared in both directions!
Why do I see snow plows go down my street multiple times? Why don’t they just clear my street and then move onto the next one?
With so many lane miles and roads to clear, snow fighters simply cannot spend too much time on one street, especially during a storm or in the first 12 hours after the end of the storm. Remember, every minute a driver spends on your street is a minute he/she is not spending clearing an area on someone else’s street. O’Fallon snow operations team has established 14 routes to ensure that drivers can get to every street in the City as quickly as possible.
During the storm, crews will constantly cycle through their assigned routes to try and maintain at least one clear path (room for one car width) on the streets. After the storm, plows will first establish the clear path on all their assigned streets. Again, the goal for this part is to have a clear path on all residential streets within 12 hours of the conclusion of the storm.
Only after a “clear path” is established on all streets will drivers begin the process of widening this clear path to accommodate two-way traffic. From that point on, drivers will continue to repeat their routes and with each pass they will widen the path to get the pavement cleared close to the curbs on both sides of the streetIt may be necessary for the plows to come down your street many times until the job is done.
Once two lanes have been established on all subdivision streets, drivers will go into a clean-up phase where they will go around and improve areas that were not done well earlier. At this point they will also be cleaning up intersections and cul-de-sacs.
I live on a cul-de-sac. How will the City deal with the snow on my street?
During light snow events (typically, less than 2–3” of snow): Crews will travel around the cul-de-sac 2-3 times with the plow pointed inwards towards the center of the cul-de-sac. This will move snow towards the middle thus placing the snow towards the center and allowing for a clear route around the cul-de-sac and easy access to driveways.
During heavier snow events (typically, 3” or more): NEW THIS WINTER! After last year’s heavy snowfall, the City’s Public Works team met with numerous residents who live on cul-de-sacs to make improvements that better serve the residents. Crews will open up a one way in and one way out path for residents to get in and out of the cul-de-sac. After this has been completed Citywide, they will come back and open up more of the cul-de-sac.
Due to the substantial amount of snow that can build up in cul-de-sacs during heavy snowfalls, these streets require additional snow removal efforts. Crews begin by providing a single lane clear path into the cul-de-sac. Then, as other snow removal efforts wind down, crews will return to the cul-de-sac to move snow into available green space. With this new policy in place, crews will be able to focus on clearing O’Fallon’s streets as quickly and efficiently as possible without inadvertently causing large snow windrows (piles), which inconvenience homeowners.
How can I keep my driveway and mailbox from being snowed-in by plowing?
Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution to preventing snow from being plowed up to your mailbox and driveway, but you can minimize the possibility. Make room for snow discharged by plows by clearing the snow from the end of your driveway and along your curb, especially the area to the left of your driveway, when facing the street from the front of your house.
Can I call to report an area that needs plowing?
Yes, O'Fallon's Snow and Ice Removal Center is put into action when the forecast calls for five or more inches of snow, and the snow has begun to accumulate. At that time, you can call 636-379-3826 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for snow or ice removal questions or concerns.Please note: that all request and concerns become work orders that are addressed in the last phase of snow and ice removal operations, but the majority of the concerns that are logged in the first 12 hours that winter precipitation ends are addressed through the proper execution of this process.
For questions at other times, please call the City's Streets Division at 636-379-3808. For more information and more answers to commonly asked questions, please visit our snow removal webpage at www.ofallon.mo.us/snow.