Streets in Portage are prioritized for snow plowing according to how heavily the streets are traveled in the following manner:
Priority I: All major streets.
Priority II: All primary “feeder” streets leading into various residential neighborhoods, including access streets to all schools.
Priority III: All interior neighborhood streets.
Priority IV: Clean up of cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets.
When a major snow event is in progress, every effort is made to keep Priority I and II streets clear. Usually, the snowplow operators can complete all Priority I and II streets in 4 - 8 hours. Once the major roads are clear, the snowplow operators begin clearing all interior neighborhood streets and providing access to cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets; this usually requires an additional 24 to 48 hours. De-icing materials are applied as needed throughout the duration of a snow event. Oftentimes, crews must return to clear Priority I and II streets before Priority III and IV streets are cleared.
The City of Portage received 3-4” of snow today with the heaviest snowfall coming in the afternoon. Snowplow operators completed clearing and salting Priority I and II streets and began clearing Priority III and IV streets this afternoon. This evening and overnight, crews will continue in Priority III and IV streets and will re-run and de-ice Priority I and II streets if needed.
View real-time progress and locations of active snow plows.