You can direct any questions, concerns or comments to our team at [email protected].
The goal of the snow removal program is providing safe, consistent, predictable, and reliable snow removal services. Snow removal services across campus are provided and managed by the Landscape and Grounds team. Areas serviced and managed include sidewalks, streets, parking lots and service areas. During the snow season, November 1 – April 1, our service hours are Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. On weekends and Holidays the Landscape and grounds team provides a one-time response; hours of work are dependent on storm specifics.
Snow removal consists of three basic operations: Response, Recovery, and Maintenance.
Response is the initial activities associated with snow events and are initiated by an in person, on campus observation. Observations are taken daily at 3 a.m. If any amount of snow is observed a call is placed to the Landscape and Grounds Snow Manager to begin coordinating the response. Tasks include initial snow removal and application of traction control. Response activities are considered complete when all areas receiving snow removal services are safely passable. For an average 2-inch snowfall response operation campus users can expect 80 percent completion of Priority One routes by 8:00 a.m.
Recovery is the clean-up activities and begin immediately after response activities are complete. The focus of these activities is to create workable space for the next response. Tasks include pushing back windrows along walks and streets, bike parking, consolidating piles, hauling of snow from snow storage areas, and emergency egress areas not part of response operations.
Maintenance is the daily monitoring and management activities. Tasks include spot snow and packed snow removal and application of traction control.
Priority One Routes
- ADA routes, access ramps, and parking stalls
- Primary pedestrian sidewalk routes (generally sidewalks 6 feet or wider)
- Street intersections
- Street plowing (snowfall > 1")
- Major building entryways
Priority Two Routes
- Secondary pedestrian sidewalk routes (generally sidewalks under 6 feet wide)
- Secondary building entryways
- Pedestrian plaza areas
- Museum of the Rockies parking lot
- Drive lanes in service areas
Priority Three Routes
- Peripheral campus sidewalks
- Loading docks and service drives
Generally, streets are inspected, and traction control applied as necessary, 3 times a day: prior to 8 a.m., mid-day, prior to 5 p.m. Sidewalks are inspected, and traction control applied as necessary, 2 times a day: prior to 8 a.m. and prior to 5 p.m.
Shared Responsibility- Operational
Providing safe, consistent, and reliable access and egress to the over 200 entrances to our buildings is the goal of the snow removal team. Due to staffing issues and the unpredictability of nature, you are being asked to back up the snow removal team by assisting us if we fall short of meeting that goal. Your assistance will be the exception not the rule and is greatly appreciated.
Shared Responsbility- Individual
It is impossible to maintain totally safe conditions at all times on all the sidewalks, streets and parking lots in a snowy climate like Montana; the hazards can only be partially mitigated. It is everyone’s responsibility to exercise caution and common sense, regardless of commuting mode, to minimize the risk for all. We all have the personal responsibility to be careful and use good judgment as we negotiate the campus. A driver's slower approach to an icy intersection because the sand that was applied has thinned out would be prudent, and a pedestrian may want to walk off the icy path into the snow along the margins for better traction.
Ice Gripper Program
For a pedestrian, the selection of footwear that has the proper soles for maximum traction in snow and ice is probably the single most important step toward personal winter safety. For faculty and staff, ice grippers are available as an extra safety measure. Details can be found at https://www.montana.edu/srm/programs/icegrippers.html