Winter Weather

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Snow Removal: City Streets

The prioritization of roads for snow and ice removal is based on traffic volume and incline in consideration of access to emergency services and schools. Their priority ranking is listed below:

  1. Telegraph Hill
  2. Michigan Rd.
  3. State St.
  4. Cragmont St.
  5. Milton St.
  6. West St.
  7. Fairmount Dr.
  8. Terrace Dr.
  9. Duffy Ave.
  10. Ivy Tech Dr.

Our department will pretreat roads and prepare when a snow or ice event is anticipated. When plows mobilize, ranked streets will be cleared within 24-hours of the end of the snow event

Workers can plow more quickly when there are fewer obstacles to navigate. Help us serve you faster by keeping the ranked roads clear of cars. 

For a list of Snow Removal/ Salt Spreading for inclines across the city, see the Snow Removal Salt Spreading document under "Useful Links" at the bottom of this page.

Snow Removal: Sidewalks

Residents and businesses are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property. Sidewalk clearing is required per the city ordinance when more than four inches has fallen and your street has been plowed. Help keep Madison moving by clearing your sidewalk regularly, and by helping your neighbors who are unable to clear their own sidewalk.

There are simple actions you can take to help the city keep vehicles and people moving in a snow or ice event.

  • Don’t park along ranked roads. 
  • Keep your sidewalk clear.
  • Clear the sidewalk for a neighbor who is physically unable to do their own.
  • Drive cautiously. Be aware of the road conditions and those around you.
  • When driving, please stay 200 ft behind snow plows, and do not pass plowing trucks as their visibility is limited.
  • Be patient. Roads will be cleared as soon as possible.

For more travel tips for winter storms, please visit the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) website at

Emergency Information & Resources:

If you have a power outage, please call Duke Energy at 800-343-3525 or visit their website at

To check on the status of Jefferson County travel notices (advisory, watch or warning) visit Indiana's Department of Homeland Security webpage at to see real-time updates and current information.