When it snows, City of O’Fallon crews work around the clock to get motorists moving as quickly as possible by efficiently clearing more than 700 "lane miles" of pavement and 1,100 cul-de-sacs. For safety's sake, always stay clear of snow plows. In general, the City has designated 14 zones or routes and will place 1, 2 or 3 snow plow drivers in each of these routes depending on the severity of the storm. The crews will work in 12 hour shifts day and night until the job is completed. During full scale operations, each 12 hour shift can have up to 46 drivers (92 total drivers).
The 2 best things residents can do to help in the snow removal effort is to first move any parked cars off the street out of the way of snow plows and emergency vehicles and second not travel out onto the roads until they are completely clear.
Snow removal operations during the storm and after the storm are different. During the storm, crews will constantly cycle through their assigned streets trying to maintain at least one clear path (room for one car width) on the streets. After the storm, drivers will first establish that clear path on all their assigned streets; then, begin a process of widening this to get a clear path for two-way traffic. Then, will continue the widening to get the pavement cleared close to the curbs on both sides of the street. You should expect that the plows will come down your street many times until the job is done. After the streets are cleared close to the curbs, 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.
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 24-36 hours after the end of a storm.
The City's Snow Plow personnel are required to attend yearly training on refreshing their snow plow skills, as well as learning their snow plow routes every October.
- Snow and Ice Control Policy (PDF) - View definitions, priorities and procedures for managing snow and ice in O'Fallon
- Snow removal request/Report property damage
- City ordinance (PDF) - Park off of the street, deposit snow on lawns, keep all objects clear of the roadway (10 feet off of the street)
Important Information for when it snows
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 Rd, Feise Rd, and Bryan Rd.
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 Roads 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 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.
Which streets are cleared first?
I see neighbors and some businesses clearing driveways and pushing the snow back onto the street. Can I do the same?
I live on a cul-de-sac. How will the City deal with the snow on my street?
Plan for small snowfalls (less than 4 inches):
With the deeper snows the crews will be forced due to limitations with the equipment being used to push the snow to the outside of the cul-de-sac.
There is an additional concern with plowing large amounts of snow to the center of a cul-de-sac in that children may play in the snow or make forts to hide in. This puts the children in danger as our plow drivers can not see them playing in the middle of the road. Any additional snow clearing work in these conditions presents a danger that needs to be avoided. This is another reason why the deeper snows are pushed to the outside of the cul-de-sac.
Will the City clean my sidewalk or parking lot?
When I park on the street, my car gets buried by snow plows. What can I do?
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.
For questions at other times, please call the City's Streets Division at 636-379-3808. Snow removal information also is posted on our homepage.