DDOT, in conjunction with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and other District agencies, shall coordinate the removal of snow and ice from during snow events, in order to maintain the safety of the District's transportation infrastructure and public space during snow events and snow emergencies. (DDOT Establishment Act, D.C. Code § 50-921.04).
DDOT shall strive to minimize the impacts of snow management and removal practices on the environment. (DDOT Design and Engineering Manual, p. 33-9).
Procedures & Services
Public safety determines the priority for snow removal in the District. Clearing and salting efforts focus first on major roads, commuter thoroughfares, and designated Snow Emergency Routes. Streets that are narrow, steep, or shaded receive special attention, as do those streets scheduled for next-day trash collection.
Residents may request the removal of snow and treatment of ice on streets by calling the Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311, or complete a service request using 311 Online.
Responsibilities of the Federal Government
The federal government, specifically, the National Park Service (NPS), has a statutory duty to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to buildings owned or leased by the federal government. (D.C. Code § 9-601, 603).
Responsibilities of Residents and Private Property Owners
Snow Emergency Routes Parking and Towing
When a snow emergency is declared, any vehicles parked along designated snow emergency routes must be relocated immediately. If a vehicle is not relocated from a snow emergency route, DPW will tow the car. (DCMR 18-4024).
Snow and Ice Removal at Sidewalk Intersections
It is prohibited to pile snow or ice at pedestrian crosswalks, sidewalk corners, and ADA ramps at intersections. Snow should be piled between the crosswalk and the first parking space, and no more than 25 feet from the crosswalk.
Transportation Plans & Studies