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City of Yreka Snow Removal

Policy

Snow removal operations will begin when a depth of six inches is measured at the intersection of Discovery and Northridge Drive. This measurement will be conducted by the Yreka Police Department or Public Works staff. In the event a winter storm advisory is forecast by the National Weather Service, this site will be monitored on an hourly basis by Public Works staff. Time spent monitoring will be charged to the State reimbursement snow removal program if there is a need for snow removal. 

The City is not responsible for the clearing of driveways or sidewalks other than those which front City owned Facilities.

Sidewalk clearing is up to the owner of residential and commercial properties, so if you have elderly or disabled neighbors, lend a hand!

Please do not shovel or move snow from your property into the street.

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.

Parking

In accordance with Resolution No. 1618, adopted the 7th day of January, 1982,

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF YREKA PROHIBITING PARKING ON CERTAIN STREETS WHEN SNOW CONDITIONS EXIST:

“The following streets are of an insufficient width and parking is prohibited thereon during such snow conditions when the same are posted giving notice thereof:

  • North St. from Main St. to Fairchild St;
  • Turre St. from Main St. to Meadowlark Lane;
  • Sunrise Way from Turre St. to Lawrence Lane;
  • Lawrence Lane from Main St. to Turre St;
  • Shadow Lane from Turre St. to Sunrise Way;
  • Lewis Drive from Meadowlark Lane to Lawrence Lane;
  • Broadway from Main St. to Miner St.;
  • Miner St. from Main St. to Oregon St.;
  • Center St. from Broadway to Gold St.;
  • Fourth St from Miner St. to Jackson St.;
  • Butte St. from Main St. to Gold St.”

The Director of Public Works shall post the aforesaid streets in accordance with the resolution and Vehicle Code 22510.

In the event of excessive snowfall, 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:

EMERGENCY SHELTERS

  • 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.

Driveways

Snow moved by snow plows may collect in front of or on driveways. 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 residential driveways. Please try to wait until after your street is plowed before removing 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 to make it passable for drivers as soon as possible, with snow plows possibly returning to widen the cleared area. Please be aware this could increase snow buildup 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 provide access for essential emergency services of the City. The order of this work is to be as follows:

  • The Yreka City Service Center in order to dispatch crews
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Treatment Facilities as required
  • Yreka Police Department
  • Yreka Fire Department
  • Bruce Street from Main Street to Fairchild Medical Center

The remainder of the City is to be plowed and/or cindered in the following order:

SECOND PRIORITY

  • Oregon, 4H Way to its end. The North entrance of YHS near the Community Theater
  • Miner, Gold to Cal-Trans I-5 ROW
  • Center, Main Cal-Trans I-5 ROW
  • Broadway, Miner to Yreka
  • Fourth, Rose to Miner
  • Gold, Jackson to Lennox
  • Fairlane Road, S. City Limits to Oberlin
  • North, Main St. to Humbug
  • Grizzly Ct
  • Georgia Way
  • Humbug Road
  • Wetzel (becoming) Northridge to Discovery
  • Discovery, Northridge to Yama

THIRD PRIORITY

Streets providing access to schools, and are East-West Arterials. These streets include:

  • Tebbe, Main to Oregon
  • Knapp, Oregon to Discovery
  • Lennox, Discovery to Main
  • Yama, Main St. to its end at cul-de-sac
  • North, Main St. to Humbug
  • Lane, W. end to Main
  • Jackson, Main to its end at its “cul-de-sac”
  • Evergreen, Meadowlark to Oregon

FOURTH PRIORITY

Major streets providing access into and out of the City. These streets include:

  • Foothill, I5 to Juniper
  • Oberlin, Main to E. City Limits
  • Greenhorn, W. City Limits to Main

FIFTH PRIORITY

Major east-west residential streets to provide access for the residential areas in the west part of the City. These streets include:

  • South, W. end to Main
  • Terrace, Wetzel to Discovery
  • Pioneer, Discovery to Elm
  • Campbell, Oberlin to E. end
  • Comstock, S. end to Oberlin