Yes, sidewalks in the city have to be clear of snow in 24 hours


The snow that came in the day after Christmas and was added to several days later and has stuck around for weeks now should be gone soon.

But residents from the South Side Flats to the Slopes to the Hilltop and beyond are concerned about the next snow storm and how they will get around.

Eleanor, a senior citizen from 20th Street on South Side, was concerned about the snow remaining on the sidewalks days after the storm when she left a voice mail message for The Reporter.

“You know we have a lot of college kids down here and they think just because they rent they don’t have to make a path. Just make a path.” she said.

According to city code § 419.03. Removal of snow and ice:

“Every tenant, occupant or owner having the care or charge of any land or building fronting on any street in the city, where there is a sidewalk paved with concrete, brick, stone or other material shall, within 24 hours after the fall of any snow or sleet, or the accumulation of ice caused by freezing rainfall, cause the same to be removed from the sidewalk.”

The city’s Department of Public Works web page offers these recommendations for clearing snow:

Snow should not be shoveled or moved onto the roadway. When residents throw their snow onto an already plowed street, additional plowing is necessary and this takes away resources from the streets that have not been serviced.

Snow should be shoveled onto lawn areas or close to the curb.

In heavy snows, parking spaces should be sacrificed to pile snow. These efforts allow passage of emergency vehicles and other vehicular traffic.

During a snow emergency all road crews work around the clock to clear the roadways as soon as possible. They follow a standard routing system to clear the major roadways first.

Requests for special plowing/salting can be made for emergency situations.

To help elderly and disabled residents keep their sidewalks clear of snow, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl initiated the Snow Angels program as part of the servePGH program.

Snow Angels volunteer to clear a less capable neighbor’s sidewalk of snow within 24 hours of the snowfall during the winter season. They aren’t required to clear snow that is expected to melt within the time frame.

Those in need of a Snow Angel’s help can register at or by call the 311, Mayor’s Response Line. Neighbors who would like to volunteer to be a Snow Angel can go to:

Residents who would like to report a street that hasn’t been plowed and salted and is still in need of snow removal 24 hours after the snowfall has ended can call 311 or 412-255-2621.


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