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Street sanding policies
Policy Statement
   

As sleeting or icing begins, the Street Department will sand the busiest intersections first on the Hampton, Cockrell Hill, Pleasant Run, and Belt Line Road corridors; then they will sand the remaining intersections; followed by bridges and major roads with steep grades.  For ice events lasting longer than two days, major roads such as Cockrell Hill, Hampton, and Belt Line may be sanded the entire length (as resources permit).  Belt Line Road is a State Highway and the Texas Department of Transportation will also sand it. 

Street closures may occur if streets are not passable and/or multiple accidents have occurred.  Street closures will be coordinated with the Police Department.  Particular attention will be paid to Belt Line, Cockrell Hill and Chattey Roads. 

It is the policy of the City of DeSoto not to sand residential streets or alleys unless it is needed to assist with access for an emergency vehicle.  Special requests for sanding are not accepted. 

As a resident, there are things that you can do to help as follows:  

  • If possible, stay at home.  
  • If you have to leave home, be alert and drive with caution, remembering snow and ice create slick road conditions. 
  • Maintain safe distances between vehicles, decrease your driving speed and allow additional time to stop.  
  • Do not pass sand spreader trucks or the plow truck.  Park vehicles off of roadways if possible.  Be mindful of driving on streets with no curbs.  You may slide into side drainage ditches.  
  • Mailboxes may be damaged.  If they are damaged by City equipment, the City will replace the mailbox.  Otherwise replacement will be the homeowner’s responsibility.  
  • As a result of ice storms, we sometime experience downed trees and power lines.  Trees on private property are the homeowner’s responsibility.  The City will only clear the street Right-of-Way.  ONCOR will be contacted to address downed power lines.

 

Sand Truck Sand Pile Snowy road that has been sanded