Each driver has a specific route to follow. The order of priority is based on traffic volume. Thus, the first streets plowed are the main roads such as 1000 West, 2000 West, 2700 South, 700 South, etc. These are spaced at a one-mile grid throughout the city. After those are completed, snow plows move on to the subdivision mains. These are neighborhood collector streets, meaning roads which run all the way through a neighborhood and connect to a main road. These are somewhat spaced at a half-mile grid. Each neighborhood in a one-mile grid has between two and five outlet roads that are completely plowed when snow accumulates to 2 ½ inches or deeper.
When snow accumulates to 4 inches or deeper, then all city streets are plowed with local streets and cul-de-sacs having the lowest priority.
The intent of the priority is to provide the most efficient snow removal in the timeliest manner with the limited equipment that the city has available. The priority roads method provides a way that a vehicle will travel no further than ¼ of a mile before getting to a street that has been plowed within a short amount of time.