City of Laconia Public Works Department
Snow and Ice Removal
The City of Laconia DPW strives to provide the best winter maintenance possible on municipal roadways. Although we do our best to remove all snow and ice in a timely fashion, it is not always possible to have clear travel surfaces. It can be a challenge to effectively remove snow and ice from roads and sidewalks, and the cooperation of the public is always appreciated.
Laconia can see a wide range of precipitation scenarios. During moderate to major storm events, Laconia deploys 10 to 12 plow trucks, three sidewalk plows, and five salt/sand trucks. It takes approximately four hours for each plow truck to complete their route once around, depending on snow intensity and the amount of traffic. Primary roads are plowed first, with secondary roads following. During light snow storms, the roads are treated with salt and/or sand in place of plowing.
Snow banking removal takes place by DPW forces between storms. The downtown, Lakeport and areas with on-street parking needs are cleared first, along with major intersections. Other areas are cleared as resources permit.
How Residents Can Assist
- Do not place snow in the roadway and sidewalk areas.
- Do not park on the street during snow removal operations. Plow trucks are very wide, and have difficulty maneuvering around parked vehicles.
- Do not park on sidewalks. Allow room for sidewalk plows to clear the sidewalk in front of your residence. If you have a short driveway, pull in enough to allow sidewalk plows room to cross your driveway.
- Place your trash and recycling at the end of your driveway in a location that prevents both the sidewalk plow and the street plow from knocking it over. Do not place your trash and recycling on top of snow banks.
- Allow snow plows plenty of room to operate. Plow trucks with wing plows require a wide area, and often need to encroach onto the oncoming lane. Also, do not follow plow trucks too closely. They often need to back up as they clear their route.
Public Sand Pile
There is a sand pile available for public use behind the Messer Street Public Works garage. Residents are limited to taking 2 five gallon buckets at a time. The City does not provide salt to residents.