Winter Street Operations

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Backhoe loading sand into the back of a City snow plow.

Our professional snow plow operators take pride in clearing the streets as efficiently, safely and thoroughly as possible.


As stewards of the community, we serve and are responsive to extreme weather conditions.  Understanding that travel may be challenging, our professional snow plow operators efficiently respond by altering snow-fighting strategies in the midst of the snow removal operations in order to control drifting snow, ice, special emergency situations and to prevent obstacles drivers may  experience.  We encourage the community to drive cautiously, safely and do not follow closely behind nor pass the snowplows.

Understandably every city street cannot be cleared at the same time.  Therefore, we cannot provide an estimate of when your street will be cleared when heavy storm activity is present.

We are hearing a lot of complaints about plowing berms across driveways. The City, per it's policy, does not clear driveways. Doing so would require considerably more resources than the City of Bend has to use on street maintenance. The City's Snow and Ice Control Plan is designed to provide cost effective maintenance.

The City of Bend does not maintain private properties, business complexes, apartment complexes, alleys or private streets. Snow removal is the responsibility of property owners. 



This winter, the City will begin phasing in a new program to designate targeted Snow Emergency Zone parking restrictions during snow emergencies.

Last winter, with record-breaking snow fall, the City identified problematic streets where on-street parking contributed to increasingly narrow roads that were sometimes impassable for two-way traffic. This year, during declared snow emergencies, we will ask that those targeted problematic streets be cleared of parked cars, to help us plow from curb to curb and prevent unwieldy berms in the travel lanes.

“Moving cars off the street allows plows to clear from curb to curb, creating a wider lane of travel,” said Streets and Operations Director David Abbas.

This is a pilot project that will likely evolve in ensuing years.

Emergency snow zone map for westside Bend

Emergency snow zone map for Downtown Bend

Emergency snow zone map for Eastside Bend



Snow Plow Routes

Sanding and snow plowing map for the City of Bend.

Priority One: Major Collectors and Arterials

Streets that provide a network system for  emergency services operations, interconnect high volume streets, and serve as the major street  network. Highest priority streets are:

Priority Two: Selected Collector Streets

Arterial & Collector streets necessary to provide access to Priority One Streets. Also include routes to medical facilities, schools, major  employment centers, and streets requiring special attention such as steep hills or curves.

Priority Three: Residential/Other

After operations on Priority One and Two areas have been accomplished, special requests will be responded to. Normally residential streets will not be cleared until accumulation reaches six inches or more and contractors may be called out to  assist. Response to special requests will depend on resource availability, weather conditions, etc.



Section 1 (map link)

Far Northeast Bend. The western boundary is North 3rd St. (Business 97) and North Hwy 20. The north boundary is Cooley Road east from Hwy 20 to Hunnell Road North returning to North Hwy 97. This Section includes all the subdivisions north of Cooley Road, and Juniper Ridge. The eastern border starts with 18th St. south to Empire including adjacent subdivisions. The final eastern edge concludes with Yeoman Road to Deschutes Market linking up to the southern edge of Section 1 at Butler Market. Follow Butler Market back to North US 97.

Section 2 (map link)

The northern border follows Butler Market from North US 97 east to Eagle Road. The east begins with Eagle Road south to Neff Road including the Glacier Ridge subdivision south of Neff Road. The final part of the eastern edge consists of Providence subdivision terminating at East Hwy 20. The southern border is East Hwy 20/ Greenwood west to the Parkway, (US 97). The western border is the Parkway, (US 97).of Cooley Road, and Juniper Ridge. The eastern border starts with 18th St. south to Empire including adjacent subdivisions. The final eastern edge concludes with Yeoman Road to Deschutes Market linking up to the southern edge of Section 1 at Butler Market. Follow Butler Market back to North US 97.

Section 3 (map link)

The west edge of the section is the Parkway (US 97). The northern edge is Greenwood/ Hwy 20 East to the city limits. The eastern edge starts by coming from the east into the city on Bear Creek Road beginning at the UGB. This includes the adjoining subdivisions until you connect with 27th St. The rest of the eastern edge follows 27th St. south to Stevens Road, (this includes the subdivisions east of 27th St. The southern border of the section is Reed Market Road to west to the Parkway (US 97).

Section 4 (map link)

In Southeast Bend, it is bordered on the west by the Parkway (US 97). The north by Reed Market Road east to 27th St. the eastern border is 27th St. south to Ferguson Road. The section follows Ferguson Road westbound, (including the adjacent subdivisions) until it runs into 15th St. Continue south on 15th to Knott Road. Knott Road is the southern border for Section 4. The final south edge of the section is China Hat Road from Knott Road to South Hwy 97.

Section 5 (map link)

The southern edge of the section begins westbound off of South Hwy 97 on Ponderosa St to Nugget Ave linking back up with Poplar Ave stopping at Brookswood Blvd. The western edge of the section is the Deschutes River including all public subdivisions, continued north to The Southern River Crossing (Reed Market). The northern edge continues north with Bond St. to Wilson Ave, east to the Parkway (US 97). The eastern edge of the section is the Parkway (US 97).

Section 6 (map link)

The eastern and southern border of the section is the Deschutes River. The western edge contains all the public subdivisions off of South Century Dr., and Mt. Washington north to Shevlin Park Road, (including Wine Country i.e. Shevlin Meadows). Shevlin Park Road/ Newport Ave. is the northern border of the section terminating at the Deschutes River.

Section 7 (map link)

Far Northwest Bend. The southern border of the section is Newport Ave./ Shevlin Park Road west to Mt. Washington. The western edge of the section follows Mt. Washington north including all public subdivisions, to Archie Briggs. The northern edge begins with Archie Briggs Road to OB Riley Road, northbound including all public subdivisions terminating at the UGB. The eastern edge of the section starts with North Hwy 20 continued to North 3rd St, (Business Hwy 97). The section stops to the south at Mt. Washington Dr. to the Deschutes River.

Section 8 (map link)

The main downtown corridor, along with Old Bend, North Division, Drake Park and the Old Mill District. The section is bordered to the west by the Deschutes River, running north to Butler Market Road. The Parkway is the easternmost border of the section, and finally the southern end of the sections follows the Old Mill District at Wilson Avenue down to Bond Street and Reed Market Road.


  • Before traveling on roadways: Verify latest road conditions, road closures and congestion spots at The entire area can be observed from this site. It's a great tool!
  • Respect Detours: As with any emergency, detours on roadways may appear. Be respectful of the detours. This is to protect the safety of our citizens.
  • Weather Information: Please check the latest forecast and stay alert at


Contact the City of Bend Public Works, Street & Operations Department at (541) 317-3000 Option 3 if you have questions.

During emergencies please dial 911.



  • When does the City plow snow on streets?

    When two inches of snow have fallen, Public Works may plow the main roads, as well as trouble spots (i.e. steep slopes, etc.).
  • What snow removal responsibilities do residents and businesses have?

    The City code (5.35.020) requires that sidewalks be cleared of all snow no later than the first six hours of daylight after the snow has fallen or otherwise accumulated in commercial areas and one day in all other areas. Following these requirements will ensure that the Bend community can access sidewalks and bus stops during the winter months.

    For additional Information: Code Enforcement Division

  • When does the City spread gravel?

    If there is ice build-up, gravel can provide additional traction. Gravel is used primarily at intersections, on hills and along bends.
  • When does the City plow residential streets?

    When six inches of snow have fallen, Public Works may call contractors to plow the residential streets.
  • When does the City apply chemical de-icer?

    If ice is forecasted, City crews will apply magnesium chloride (the de-icing formula) before the roads ice over. De-icer is used to break up the ice.  If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, de-icer becomes less effective because the water simply freezes.

From all of us to all of you:

We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation as we strive
to ensure everyone's safety this Winter Season.

Thank you!

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