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Metro Nashville Snow Removal Policies


Letters S, N, O, W in a pile of snow

The prime objective of snow removal in Nashville/ Davidson County is to establish reasonable mobility in the central business district and clear a network of roadways for safe access to the central business district, hospitals and emergency routes as quickly as possible.

Level of Service

The goal of the Metropolitan Department of Public Works is to obtain a "dry pavement" status on each and every roadway on the department’s priority list. This is a goal and not an objective.

Each street or roadway on the Snow/Ice Removal Priority Route List has been classified as a Primary Route or Secondary Route. The Primary Route is the first priority and will be cleared to a reasonable degree before starting operations on the Secondary Route. There shall be no deviation from the priority lists without approval of the Director of Public Works or the Superintendent of the Streets and Roads Division.

General Guidelines

It shall not be a function of the Public Works Department to clear sidewalks, as this is the responsibility of the adjoining property owners per Metro Charter 13.32.040.

After completion of all priority routes, the department may conduct operations on roadways not on the priority list if deemed appropriate by the Director or his Designee. These operations will be on a "complaint" basis. All requests will be handled in the order in which they are received and may be terminated without notice when deemed appropriate by the Director or his Designee.

Priority routes and/or complaint operations may be terminated, temporarily interrupted, or postponed due to unpredictable or peculiar weather conditions, emergency situations, safety, and/or shortages of materials, equipments, or funds.

Snowfall accumulations of up to two inches are usually handled (depending on weather conditions) by salting, or combinations of salt and calcium chloride.

Snowplowing operations generally do not begin unless snowfall accumulations measure more than two inches, and/or weather forecasts call for additional accumulations.

During snowplowing operations any vehicles abandoned within the public right-of-way in such a manner to obstruct operations and/or create a hazard will be removed at the expense of the owner.

Plow operators are instructed to plow streets as close as possible to the curbline with a minimum number of passes. Where sidewalks are close to the curb, drivers are instructed to avoid pushing snow onto the sidewalks.

Records will be maintained by the department to document its level of service.