Snow Plowing

The Street Department closely monitors conditions and pre-treats roads accordingly if the possibility of icy or snowy conditions exists. Plowing and/or salt operations begin once snow or ice starts accumulating on streets. 

Due to priorities and staffing levels, city personnel do not provide driveway clearing.  

Avoid large piles of snow in your driveway.

Snow Shoveling Diagram

West Lafayette City code requires that the owner or occupant of a property adjacent to a sidewalk removes snow and ice within six hours after daylight and after snow fall has ceased. If you have any questions or if you know of properties that have sidewalks in violation, please contact the Neighborhood Resource Team at (765) 775-5200. 


West Lafayette City code states that whenever there is an accumulation of two inches or more of snow and/or ice, a snow emergency will be declared. All vehicles, trailers, and/or equipment parked on all emergency snow routes in the area bounded, as described in this section, shall be removed by the owner until the road has been cleared. A declaration of the snow emergency will be published electronically. The emergency snow routes are as follows:

Airport Road Lindberg Road
Cherry Lane Russell Street
Cumberland Avenue Salisbury Street North of Stadium Avenue
Grant Street Stadium Avenue West of Grant Street
Harrison Street State Street

Cul-De-Sac Streets

The city incurs proportionally more time and costs clearing snow from cul-de-sacs than on typical "uninterrupted" stretches of city streets. In order to increase efficiency, crews will, when feasible, use the following standards in plowing snow in cul-de-sacs:

1. One full pass will be made with a snow plow out of the cul-de-sac
2. As time follows, the cul-de-sac will be further cleared

Because some cul-de-sacs either have a very short throat or may develop unusually heavy or uneven drifts, crews may not always be able to employ this procedure. 

Residential Driveways

One of the most frequent concerns in the removal of snow from public streets is snow being deposited in residential driveways. As plows travel along streets, the snow accumulated on the plow blade has no place to go but to the adjacent street and in driveways.

While snowplow operators make every attempt to minimize the amount of snow deposited in driveways, the amount can still be significant. The more snow has fallen, the greater the challenge is. One way residents can help is by piling snow you have shoveled from your driveway in your yard, instead of the street. Doing this will help snowplow drivers avoid carrying piles of snow across the driveway.

Due to priorities and staffing levels, city personnel do not provide driveway clearing.

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705 S River Rd
West Lafayette, IN 47906

  • Office: (765) 775-5242
  • Office Hours:
    7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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