City of College Park, Maryland

Public Works

Snow & Ice Removal

2017-18 Snow Plan Details

The Department of Public Works plows and treats City maintained streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice during winter storms. Public Works crews work around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the 51 road miles of City streets.


These steps will be followed during a snow emergency:

  1. Snow removal equipment will be dispatched to predetermined routes when snow or ice is imminent. Depending upon the weather forecast, some streets may be pretreated with a brine solution. Salting operations may begin at the onset of precipitation, depending upon if streets have been pretreated or not.
  2. Snow removal routes are divided into primary and secondary streets. Primary streets will be treated and/or cleared first, followed by secondary streets.
  3. When snow reaches, or threatens to reach, 2” depths, plowing operations will commence.
  4. Initially, one lane will be plowed on all streets to make them passable. As conditions allow, all streets will then be widened and plowed curb to curb, where possible.
  5. City parking lots will be plowed by pickup trucks equipped with salt spreaders.


Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events.  For questions or more information call 240-487-3590 or email

Information for Residents

Park on Even Side of Road

Privately owned vehicles parked on the street are the greatest obstacle for City plows clearing the streets. We ask that residents make every effort to move vehicles off the road during a snow event. The following are parking guidelines for City residents:

  • Park off the street whenever possible so plows can clear snow to the curb.
  • Park on the EVEN side of the street if off-street parking is not available. Exception: if a residents address is odd-numbered and the area across from their house is undeveloped, park on the odd side of the street.
  • Park close to the curb. Vehicles parked more than 12” from the curb may be ticketed or even towed, as this severely inhibits the passage of snow plow trucks. Vehicles parked in the middle of the street will be ticketed and towed.


Crews following the City established snow plan work to clear the travel lanes and move snow back as close to the curb as possible. This process will take multiple passes down the street over an extended period of time. During this process, snow will unavoidably accumulate in driveway entrances. Snow is not intentionally pushed into residential driveways. Residents should be aware that the best way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait for City crews to finish clearing the streets before opening driveway entrances. This will eliminate the need to shovel your driveway entrance more than once.

While clearing driveways, residents are encouraged to deposit snow to the right of the driveway (facing the street). Please DO NOT shovel snow back into the street after the snow plow has cleared it.


Residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks along their property. It is possible that snow plows clearing the streets will push snow onto the sidewalks. It is advised that residents wait until the snow plows have finished their street before clearing the sidewalks.

Storm Drains & Fire Hydrants

City crews do not clear blocked storm drains or fire hydrants. Residents should work together to clear storm drains and make fire hydrants accessible to emergency crews.

Fences & Mailboxes

All fences and mailboxes abutting City streets should be constructed to withstand the force of snow pushed from the streets by snow plows. The City is not responsible for replacing or repairing property damaged by snow.

Trash, Recycling, Bulk Trash and Yard Waste Collections

City staff will make every effort to maintain collection schedules, but may not be able to do so because of hazardous conditions. Please check the City website at, City or accounts or contact the Department of Public Works for changes to the collection schedule.

Motorists & Snowplows

Please do not follow snow plows too closely. They will stop and back up and it can be difficult to move out of the way if you are right behind them. These trucks will also be spreading salt and it could come in contact with your car if you follow too closely.

Snow plows are not authorized to pull out vehicles that are stuck in the snow.


Crews work around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the streets. Although your street may not be plowed as quickly as you would like, our crews will make their way to you as swiftly as they can. Your patience is appreciated during these times.

Streets Maintained by Other Agencies

The following are not City streets. Snow and ice issues on these streets should be reported to the appropriate agency:

  • Baltimore Ave/US Route 1: State Highway Administration, 301-776-7619
  • Greenbelt Rd/MD 430: State Highway Administration, 301-776-7619
  • University Blvd/MD 193: State Highway Administration, 301-776-7619
  • Metzerott Rd: Prince George's County, 301-499-8520
  • Rhode Island Ave north of Greenbelt Rd/MD430: Prince George's County, 301-499-8520
  • Kenilworth Ave: State Highway Administration, 301-776-7619
  • Campus Dr east (formerly Paint Branch Pkwy): Prince George's County, 301-499-8520