City of Martinsville Public Works Priority Policy for Snow Removal

January 21, 2016


                  Media Release:  For Immediate Release: 12/04/2015

            Media Information, contact the Public Works Office: 276-403-5154


City of Martinsville Public Works Priority Policy for Snow Removal

As colder temperatures and potential winter weather approaches, citizens are reminded that the City of Martinsville Public Works Department has a snow removal policy in effect that prioritizes the order in which public streets and parking lots are cleared as follows:

  • Streets in the City of Martinsville are plowed in order of priority. Arterial/main routes such as Commonwealth Blvd., Memorial Blvd., Market Street, Liberty St., Spruce Street, Rives Road, East Church Street, etc. are cleared first. Neighborhood collector streets such as Clearview Drive, Fayette Street, Mulberry Rd., Starling Ave, Chatham Heights Rd, etc. are plowed second. The remaining residential streets are the last streets to be plowed. City maintained parking lots and cross walks at intersections in the Uptown area are cleared after all other public streets have been plowed.
  • Public Works plows will clear ahead of emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire equipment, and police vehicles if requested by these agencies.
  • Section 19-20 of the City Code stipulates that occupants of property (or the owner if the property is unoccupied) are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of their property. This includes sidewalks in front of Uptown businesses.
  • Residents should refrain from parking vehicles on the street during and after snow events to allow City equipment to clear the entire street.
  • If residents or businesses clear private driveways or parking lots before the street is cleared, they should be aware that as City equipment plows the street, snow may be pushed back along the curb blocking the driveway and access to mailboxes.   The City is not responsible for clearing blocked driveways or providing access to mailboxes. 
  • As per Section 19-5 of the City Code, residents and contractors who clear private driveways and parking lots shall not push snow out into the street so as to obstruct any public street, sidewalk or right-of-way.
  • A decision regarding trash collection will be made as soon as possible the following morning. If conditions are such that collection is cancelled, Tuesday thru Thursday routes will be collected on the next day. Friday’s route will be collected the following Monday.  


Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Public Works Office at 276-403-5154.