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City of Yreka Snow Removal

Policy

The depth of snow is monitored by the Department of Public Works and the Police Department, and when the snow at the Police Station, at 412 W. Miner Street, is between four and six inches deep, the City usually begins snow removal. Streets at varying elevations will receive varying amounts of snow. People that live at higher elevations may have a greater amount of snow on streets adjacent to them than those who live at lower elevations. This is due to the Public Works Department's limited funds, equipment and staff. 

Remember, do not shovel or move snow from your property or sidewalk onto the street. The City is also not responsible for clearing individual driveways.  

Caltrans is responsible for removing snow from State Route 3 and State Route 263 in the City, which includes Main Street, Montague Road and Ft. Jones Road.

Driveways

When the City is plowing streets, snow from the plows can often times end up in front of or on the driveway you may have just cleared. This inconvenience is unfortunate, but unavoidable, as the City’s Public Works Department is focused on making the streets safe and passable. The City does not clear private individual’s driveways. If you are able to, try to wait till after your street is plowed before you remove snow from your driveway. Please note that your street may be plowed more than once, or not at all, depending on a number of different variables.

The City typically clears snow from the centerline of the street in order to make it passable for drivers as soon as possible, with snow plows possibly returning to widen the passable area, which may in turn put more snow on or in front of your driveway.

Driveway Snow Removal Tip

If you clear the snow from your driveway before your street has been plowed, be sure to clear an area of snow to the right of the driveway (when you are facing the driveway from the street). This cleared area will allow most of the snow on the plow to be deposited before it gets to your driveway. The larger the area cleared the less snow will be moved in front of your driveway. 

Snow Removal Order

Below is the order that the City generally removes snow from streets. This is subject to change depending on conditions and other circumstances. 

First Priority

The first priority is to plow streets that provide access for essential emergency services like the Police Department, Fire Department, Hospital, and other law enforcement agencies.These streets include:

  • Miner St, from Gold St to I-5
  • Broadway St, from Miner St to Yreka St
  • Oregon St, from Greenhorn Rd to the Yreka Community Center (Just north of Tebbe St)
  • Fourth St, from Rose St to Miner St
  • Center St, from Main St to I-5
  • Moonlit Oaks Ave, from Main St to Fairlane Rd.

Second Priority

The Second Priority is to plow streets that provide access to schools.

  • Tebbe St, from Oregon St to Main St
  • Knapp St, from Discovery St to Oregon St
  • Lennox St, from Discovery St to Main St
  • Gold St, from Jackson St to Lennox St
  • Yama St, from Fairchild St to Main St
  • Jackson St, from Gold St to Broadway St
  • Evergreen Ln, from Meadowlark Ln to Oregon St

Alternate Second Priority

In the event of excessive snow fall, and the American Red Cross is forced to open all or some of the following area shelters in Yreka due to the closure of I-5, the following routes to the emergency shelters are to be cleared as a second priority.

  • Yreka Community Center - Tebbe St to Oregon St (north of Tebbe St)
  • First Southern Baptist Church (230 N. Oregon) - Miner St to Oregon St
  • Methodist Church (Corner of Cedar and Fairchild) - Miner St to Fairchild Ln
  • Lutheran Church (Knapp St and Sherman St) - Tebbe St to Oregon St to Knapp St
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church (346 Payne Ln) - Miner St to Oregon St to Payne Ln
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church (314 Fourth St) - Miner St to Fourth St
  • C.A.S.A (201 S. Broadway St) - Miner St to Broadway St
  • YMCA (350 N. Foothill Dr) - N. Foothill Dr

Third Priority

The third priority is to plow major streets providing access to the City.

  • Foothill Dr, from I-5 to Juniper Dr
  • Oberlin Rd, from Main St to Eastern City Limits
  • Fairlane Rd, from the southern City limits to Oberlin Rd
  • Greenhorn Rd, from the western City limits to Oberlin Rd

Fourth Priority

The fourth priority is to plow major east-west residential streets to provide access for the residential areas in the western part of the City.

  • Jackson St, from western end to Gold St
  • South St, from western end to Main St
  • Lane St, from western end to Main St
  • Miner St, from western end to Gold St
  • North St, from western end to Main St
  • Yama St, from western end to Fairchild Ln
  • Terrace Dr, from Wetzel Way to Discovery St
  • Northridge Dr, from Wetzel Way to Discovery St
  • Pioneer St, from Discovery St to Elm St

Fifth Priority

The fifth priority is to plow streets to provide access for residential areas in the eastern part of the City.

  • Campbell Ave, from Oberlin to eastern end
  • Comstock Dr, from southern end to Oberlin Rd