The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting “snowy, icy, and icky” conditions that will stretch well into March here in Northeast Ohio. But, whatever the forecast, our Public Works Snowplow crews are ready to keep Mentor roads passable and drivers safe.

The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining approximately 500 lane miles of roadway, utilizing 15 – 20 plows for a routine snowfall, and as many as 40 trucks during a major snow event.

During a snowstorm, plows focus on the main roads to benefit the greatest number of motorists. Once the main roads are cleared and salted, side streets and cul-de-sacs are plowed.
During the winter months, motorists should give themselves extra time to reach their destination and slow down when snow is falling.

The Mentor Public Works Department takes pride in keeping our roads clear of ice and snow, please help them get the job done by slowing down and giving them room to operate. Here’s some more tips to get ready for winter driving:

  • Do a pre-winter check-up on our car. Check the battery, wipers and tires to make sure they are winter road ready.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit in your trunk with extra warm clothing, a flashlight, water, blankets that you can use if you get stranded
  • Fill up your gas tank so you’ll be prepared if you are on the road longer than expected.

If you are following a Mentor snowplow, please remember to keep a safe distance behind them. If you must pass, please use extreme caution. Blowing snow can cause reduced visibility and usually the unplowed road in front of the plow is worse than what is behind it.