City of Belle Fourche
Priority 1: Emergency Routes
Streets designated as snow emergency routes are given Priority One designation as they provide a net-work system for emergency services operations.
Streets designated as Residential Routes are given Priority Three designations as they provide a network connection to all residential areas and complete the street network and grid system.
The Department of Public Works Action Plan
Storms under 4 inches
1. Patrol at the start of the storm
4. Plow all major City roads.
5. Plow all primary residential neighborhood streets and all other residential streets.
Winter Weather Operations – Salting and Snow Removal
Salting and Sanding
Sand/salt trucks are dispatched at the start of snowfall and at the first sign of roads beginning to ice. Streets with the greatest volume of traffic, called Priority 1 and Priority 2 routes, are salted or sanded first.
Snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street, where the City plows are unable to remove it completely. In this situation, a mixture of sand and salt is spread to provide adequate traction and melting.
Please note all storm fighting plans vary by storm due to changing conditions, such as weather patterns, additional storms and conditions. Operations will proceed in an effort to meet all objectives laid out in this plan but operational factors may change delivery options.
Residential Information to Remove Snow and Ice From Sidewalks
• A law passed by City Council requires that all residents and commercial property owners to clear their public sidewalks within 24 hours following a snowstorm.
• Clearing driveways and entrances is the responsibility of the property owner.
The City of Belle Fourche will use two types of warning during inclement weather for travel warnings: local media and Code Red.
No Travel Allowed - means NO TRAVEL.
No Travel Advisory – This indicates that travel is possible but not advised.
During inclement weather, every effort is made to ensure that City-owned facilities remain open for as long as is safely possible. However, on rare occasions severe weather may necessitate the closure of City facilities. If you plan to visit a City facility during a snowstorm, you may also wish to call ahead to confirm the facility is open. For your convenience, frequently dialed phone numbers are listed below. For information about snow removal and winter road maintenance, please visit the City’s website snow removal web page.
•City Finance 892-2494
•City Water Office 892-2674
•City owned properties
•Sidewalks adjacent to public parking lots
•Recreation Trail System
Plowing of trails and sidewalks will be performed by the Parks Department utilizing equipment designed for walkway plowing operations.
It is the goal of the program to clear the walkways and recreational trail systems in a timely manner.