Snow and Ice Control

November 1, 2010

During winter storms this season, the state Department of Transportation is taking responsibility for clearing all state-maintained roads inside the Winston-Salem city limits, including such main roads as University Parkway, Peters Creek Parkway, Waughtown Street, New Walkertown Road and Robinhood Road. State DOT officials requested the change.

In previous years, the state paid the city to clear all or portions of these roads. Because of the change, the city will not be able to respond to citizen requests to clear snow from state-maintained roads. Citizens should call the local state DOT maintenance office at 896-7014 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on workdays and after hours. 


Calls for service for city streets should be made to CityLink at 727-8000. If the CityLink agent determines that the street is state-maintained, the agent will forward the call to the state DOT office.

Video about snow clearing this year [video] 

NCDOT Maintained Streets [pdf] (use the zoom tool to see street names)  


The City of Winston-Salem has the following equipment for snow removal:

  • (5) MOTOR GRADERS
  • (31) TRUCKS WITH PUSH PLOWS
  • (26) SALT SPREADERS
  • (3) BRINE TANKS
  • (1) 5,000 GALLON BRINE STORAGE TANK

The City of Winston-Salem has contracted the following equipment for snow removal:

  • (1) MOTOR GRADER
  • (6) TANDEM DUMP TRUCKS WITH PLOWS & SPREADERS
  • (1) TON TRUCK WITH PLOW & SPREADER
  • (1) TRACTOR WITH PLOW

This equipment is used by two shifts working 24 hours a day to clear 400 miles of major arterial streets and 245 miles of residential collector streets.  During a major snowfall, the Streets Division may log as many as 25,000 miles by either plowing or spreading deicing salts and sand.

Brine applications will begin two to three days (depending on forecasting) prior to the onset of the storm.  Brine will be applied in residential areas first.  Collector routes followed by major routes will also receive brine applications as long as conditions permit prior to the onset of the storm.

Streets in Winston-Salem are plowed/salted in order of priority with major routes receiving top priority, then residential collector streets. If conditions dictate, the Streets Division has the capability of covering all streets within the city limits with the exceptions of dead end and dirt streets.

The city maintains a stockpile of 2,000 tons of deicing salt and 1,500 cu.yd. of sand for aiding in the ice and snow control process.

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For any questions or to report problems, please contact Malcolm Lewis, Assistant Streets Director at 727-8000 or malcolml@cityofws.org.

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