The 14 miles of sidewalk in the Portland Downtown District are plowed by the Downtown District and Athletic Facilities crews. The 100 miles of neighborhood sidewalks outside of Downtown District are plowed by Parks, Horticulture and Cemetery crews. Portland Forestry Division maintains fire station driveways, school parking lots, and city parking lots.
Crews work hard after a storm to clear the snow from sidewalks and then treat any resulting ice. Sand and salt operations may continue around the clock for up to a week after a storm. Sidewalks have different drainage conditions than roads and have a tendency to create an "ice trough" resulting from melting snow of adjacent snowbanks. Crews monitor the conditions on a daily basis and lay down salt and sand as needed.
For properties that are not on a city sidewalk plow route, city ordinances require that adjacent property owners clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Business owners have 12 hours following a winter storm to do so and residential owners have 24 hours following a storm.
Many Portlanders and commuters walk or bicycle to work even during winter months. Help keep sidewalks safe – join us in helping Portland stay ‘walkable’ during the winter months! Clear the sidewalk out front, and help neighbors when possible.
Snow Hauling / Bulk Snow Removal Operation - After large snow events, preparations are made to remove excess snow from Portland’s Downtown area and other restricted areas as needed. This often includes widening residential streets and intersections.
Winter Reminders from Portland Fire & EMS
Please keep your walkways clear in the event emergency personnel need to get to your door. This also allows pedestrians and mail carriers to walk safely in your neighborhood.
Portland has over 2,000 fire hydrants and could use your help in shoveling them out. Fire personnel work to shovel hydrants as soon as possible, but your assistance with this effort will help keep you and your neighbors safe.
Please check on your elderly neighbors during a storm who may need your help.
Please also note that Portland Public Works does have a TTY line available for the hearing impaired public at 207-874-8494.