A: The main reason for this is because emergency routes/mains must remain clear throughout the duration of a snow event. For this reason, crews typically don’t move to non-priority routes until after the snow has subsided.
It other cases, while it may seem like crews are plowing some streets more often than others, this is not necessarily the case. There are several different “routes” throughout the City and while trucks travel those routes several times per snow event, they are not necessarily plowing each time. For example, it is not uncommon for a truck to travel between the sand pile and their route several times to reload.
Additionally, each route is split by a “main” and because residential routes usually begin at a main, roads on one side of the street may appear to be plowed more than others depending on where the main is located on a route. With some neighborhoods at the beginning of a plow route and others at the end, it may be that the neighbor across from you is plowed before you because they are at the beginning of one route while you are at the end of another.
The City establishes routes to make the most effective and efficient use of available resources. If snow continues, crews will travel and plow main arterials several times to keep them open for travel to and from neighborhoods.