Snow & Ice Control

The City of Hilliard Operations Division operates under a curb-to-curb snow removal policy.  City streets will be treated using a variety of methods as conditions warrant.  Major thoroughfares are the first priority for Hilliard Snowfighters.

Priority of Streets

City streets will be plowed in the following order:

     Priority 1:  Major arterials (included in salt routes)
     Priority 2:  Minor arterials and collectors, including the
                       more significant residential collectors
                       (included in salt routes).
     Priority 3:  Secondary streets, generally the through
                       residential streets not included above
                       (minor residential - generally not included
                        in salt routes).
     Priority 4:  Cul-de-sacs, dead ends, eyebrows, and
                       other non-through streets and alleys
                       (not included in salt routes).

Treatment Methods

The Operations Division uses the following treatment methods for snow and ice control:

  • Salt is used to melt the snow or ice.
  • Salt brine is applied to roadways before snow begins to fall to help prevent the bonding of snow and ice to pavements.
  • Anti-skid materials help provide traction and can be sand or fine stone, sometimes referred to as grits.
  • Plowing is utilized when snow becomes too deep for salt granules to effectively penetrate.

Residents can team up with Hilliard Snowfighters to provide effective snow removal by following these tips:

  • Try not to drive during a winter storm unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use extra caution when driving in wintry conditions.
  • Allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Fasten your seatbelt and check that all passengers are buckled up.
  • Stay 100 feet or more behind snowplows and salt spreaders.
  • Give snow plow equipment the right-of-way whenever possible.
  • Leave enough distance between the snow plow equipment and your vehicle before moving back in front of the plow.
  • Do not attempt to stop City snow plow trucks or operators. 
  • Requests for service can be made by calling (614) 876-7361.
  • Remove vehicles from in front of homes as snow begins to fall.
  • Please keep all vehicles in private driveways when possible. Advise children against playing or building snow structures in or near City streets.

Information regarding the City’s snow and ice control policy and quadrant snow route map are provided to the right under "Additional Resources".

Salt Brine

Salt brine anti-icing treatment provides a cost effective way to pre-treat City streets prior to a snow storm event. Salt brine is a liquid solution of water and dissolved salt.  Pre-treating streets with salt brine prior to a snow event helps prevent the bonding of snow and ice to pavements. Salt brine solutions help melt snow and ice as they are hitting the pavement surface.  Hilliard Snowfighters pre-treat City streets with salt brine before a winter event strikes.  This will greatly reduce immediate accumulations and allow Hilliard Snowfighters to get a head start on normal plowing and rock salting operations. 

Salt brine pre-treating reduces the use of rock salt treatments and overtime operating costs. Hilliard Snowfighters operate one plow truck equipped with a 1,000 gallon tank to dispense salt brine along arterial routes and near bridges.  This truck is calibrated to ensure that the proper amount of salt brine will be sprayed at speeds up to 30 to 35 miles per hour.  Motorists will need to avoid following too close behind the salt brine truck.