Why aren residential sidewalks, streets or driveways plowed or sanded when it snows?

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Why aren residential sidewalks, streets or driveways plowed or sanded when it snows?

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When it snows, SDOT equipment is busy 24-hours a day clearing and sanding major arterial streets. Our 20 snow plows with sanders must take care of 1,524 lane miles of arterial streets. Once the snow stops and we are comfortable with the condition of the arterial streets, we can take care of residential streets on a request-basis. However, many residential streets are too narrow for our plows to work in them safely.

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