The Department of Public Improvements (DPI) works hard to keep the streets safe during ice and snow emergencies. In order to be efficient in snow plowing efforts, DPI divides the city up into 14 different plow routes. These routes were designed to overlap in some areas to provide additional coverage.
The city divides the streets up by “Priority Level”
“High Priority” Streets are typically major arterial and collector streets, or those abutting schools or hospitals. These streets are plowed within 6 hours from the first call out.
“Medium Priority” Streets are minor collector streets, typically serving a single subdivision, or cul-de-sac streets. These are plowed within 8 hours from the time a storm subsides.
“Low Priority” Streets are stop sign approaches, alleys, and some parking lots, and are plowed within 24 hours from the end of a storm.
Covington DPI is responsible for clearing 270 miles of streets and alleyways. Maintenance crews are prepared to work to keep roads in the best possible condition during winter weather.
If a snow warning is issued by the State or Kenton County, Covington snow crews will pre-treat our priority routes earlier in preparation and will remain on duty throughout the day and night as long as the snow continues.
The City of Covington has an interlocal agreement with other local cities and Kentucky for snow plowing. This means that not all streets in Covington are plowed by DPI. Some are maintained by the state, the county, and others by the cities of Taylor Mill, Erlanger, and Ft. Wright. In exchange, the City of Covington plows some roads for neighboring jurisdictions, including Kenton Vale.
To determine how soon your street will be plowed following a snow event, please reference the maps below. Interstate 275 is the boundary between the North and South sections.