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Snow

Emergency Routes

Reminder to Philadelphia residents/property owners:


Within six hours of the end of a snowfall or freezing rain, you must clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk including curb cuts. Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street. The penalty for violating this regulation can range from $50 up to $300 for each violation. To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared, call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560.

ON FROM TO
06TH ST I-676 OFF RAMP MARKET ST
07TH ST MARKET ST I-676 ON RAMP
15TH ST I-676 OFF RAMP MARKET ST
16TH ST MARKET ST I-676 ON RAMP
20TH ST CHESTNUT ST MARKET ST
26TH ST I-76 ON / OFF RAMPS PENROSE AVE
34TH ST UNIVERSITY AVE GRAYS FERRY AVE
38TH ST WALNUT ST UNIVERSITY AVE
63RD ST CITY AVE WALNUT ST
ACADEMY RD FRANKFORD AVE GRANT AVE
ALLEGHENY AVE HUNTING PARK AVE I-95 ON / OFF RAMPS
BEN FRANKLIN PKWY ART MUSEUM CIRCLE 16TH ST
BRIDGE ST HARBISON AVE I-95 ON RAMP
BROAD ST CHELTENHAM AVE I-95 ON / OFF RAMPS
BUSTLETON AVE FRANKFORD AVE COUNTY LINE RD
CHESTNUT ST COBBS CREEK PKWY 20TH ST
CITY AVE CITY BOUNDARY I-76 ON RAMPS
COBBS CREEK PKWY WALNUT ST WOODLAND AVE
COTTMAN AVE I-95 OFF RAMP FILLMORE ST
ENTERPRISE AVE ISLAND AVE I-95 ON / OFF RAMPS
GERMANTOWN AVE N BROAD ST NORTHWESTERN AVE
GIRARD AVE LANCASTER AVE I-95 ON / OFF RAMPS
GRANT AVE WELSH RD ACADEMY RD
GRAYS FERRY AVE 34TH ST WASHINGTON AVE
HARBISON AVE BRIDGE ROOSEVELT BLVD
HENRY AVE CATHEDRAL RD HUNTING PARK AVE
HUNTING PARK AVE HENRY AVE KELLY DR
ISLAND AVE WOODLAND AVE ENTERPRISE AVE
KELLY DR LINCOLN DR ART MUSEUM CIRCLE
LANCASTER AVE CITY AVE GIRARD AVE
LINCOLN DRIVE RIDGE AVE WISSAHICKON AVE
MARKET ST SCHUYLKILL AVE I-95 ON RAMP
OGONTZ AVE WASHINGTON LA CHELTENHAM AVE
POPLAR ST WEST COLLEGE AVE GIRARD AVE
PRINCETON AVE TORRESDALE AVE I-95 ON / OFF RAMPS
RIDGE AVE (NORTH) NORTHWESTERN AVE CATHEDRAL RD
RIDGE AVE (SOUTH) WALNUT LN CITY AVE ON RAMP
ROOSEVELT BLVD 09TH ST CITY BOUNDARY
SCHUYLKILL AVE MARKET ST WALNUT ST
SEDGLEY AVE ALLEGHENY AVE ALLEGHENY AVE
STENTON AVE NORTHWESTERN AVE BROAD ST
TACONY ST / STATE RD BRIDGE ST TACONY-PALMYRA BRIDGE
TORRESDALE AVE COTTMAN AVE PRINCETON AVE
UNIVERSITY AVE 38TH / 39TH ST 34TH ST
WALNUT LN WAYNE AVE RIDGE AVE
WALNUT ST BROAD ST COBBS CREEK PKWY
WASHINGTON AVE GRAYS FERRY AVE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS BLVD
WASHINGTON LA WAYNE AVE OGONTZ AVE
WAYNE AVE WALNUT LN WASHINGTON LA
WELSH RD CITY BOUNDARY GRANT AVE
WEST COLLEGE AVE POPLAR ST GIRARD AVE
WEST RIVER DR ART MUSEUM CIRCLE FALLS BRIDGE
WISSAHICKON AVE LINCOLN DR WALNUT LN
WOODLAND AVE COBBS CREEK PKWY UNIVERSITY AVE

When snow accumulations approach emergency status, the Managing Director may declare a snow emergency. Once emergency status is declared, the City's 110 miles of Snow Emergency Routes receive priority. Owners of vehicles and dumpsters must move them to alternate parking spaces so City forces can clear snow from curb-to-curb on the emergency routes. Any vehicle remaining on a Snow Emergency Route during the declared Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed. If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Do NOT call 911.

Snow Routes

In order to provide effective service during winter storms, streets are divided into primary, secondary, and tertiary route systems. The primary route system encompasses 665 miles, including 110 miles of Snow Emergency Routes. The secondary route system includes another 700 miles of streets (both systems exclude the roadway maintained by the Parks and Recreation). The balance of City streets falls into the tertiary street system, covering approximately 1,125 miles of streets, 25 miles of which are private streets.

Primary Routes

Major arterials and access to emergency snow routes (police/fire stations, hospitals, etc.) are kept open to provide a transportation system for these facilities. These include Snow Emergency Routes. In a snow emergency, these routes are the first routes cleared.

Secondary Routes

Secondary major and minor arterials and collector streets generally give access to schools, business areas, grocery stores, and service stations. These routes are cleared after primary routes are serviced.

Tertiary Routes

All other City streets are plowed after Primary and Secondary streets have been serviced.

The primary and secondary route systems are salted as soon as significant moisture has accumulated to minimize potentially dangerous travel conditions. Plowing begins when buildup of snow is such that salting is no longer effective.

Reminder to Philadelphia residents/property owners:
 Within six hours of the end of a snowfall or freezing rain, you must clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk. Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street. The penalty for violating this regulation can range from $50 up to $300 for each violation. To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared, call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at 215- 686-5560.

If your car is towed or you need more information, please call: 215-686-SNOW

Text of Snow Emergency Routes (PDF)
Map of Snow Emergency Routes (PDF)