Snow & Ice Response Plan

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The Tumwater Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division provides snow plowing and anti-icing treatment on roadways during winter weather conditions. The Roadway Response Plan prioritizes roadways for plowing or treatment to ensure access to critical facilities like hospitals. The Plan also identifies intersections, bridges and hills with significant need for maintenance to prevent serious hazards. 


Snow Plow Routes and De-Icer Application

Due to limited resources, the City must adhere to the Lifeline and Priority Plan, and make sure that those roads are taken care of above any others. Residential streets that do not fall under the Priority Plan will only be plowed upon request, and only after all Lifeline and Priority roads are clear for traffic.

When freezing rain or snow is predicted, the City institutes an anti-icing program to help combat the hazards of winter roads. Anti-icing is the practice of applying chemicals to roadways to prevent frost and ice from forming. If it does, de-icer is then applied to help break the bond and keep it from compacting and adhering to the highway.

Tumwater uses a simple solution of water and salt as an anti-icer. Drivers are reminded to always use caution when traveling on hills. There is always the possibility that the anti-icing agent may be diluted by snow, and freezing conditions may still occur despite our best efforts.

    Roadway Response Plan

    Tumwater roads are divided into three categories for response purposes:

    1. Lifeline Roadways are plowed and treated first. These routes are kept clear to accommodate emergency vehicles and primary transportation routes that connect major arterials with other roads in the community.
    2. After the lifeline roadways are passable, crews move on to Priority Roadways. These roads include most streets that connect neighborhoods to the lifeline roads in the transportation system. 
    3.  Neighborhood streets are only plowed when lifeline and priority roads are cleared. The City does not plow or treat private streets or driveways. 

    Lifeline and Priority Roadway map  pdf-icon-sm

    Report a Power Outage

    Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is the electric utility provider for the Tumwater area. For 24/7 access to real-time power outage information, including estimates of when the power will come back on to your home or business, view the outage map. To report a power outage, visit or call 1-888-225-5773. 


    Call Public Works Operations & Maintenance Division at (360) 754-4150.