2014–15 Priority Snow Removal and Winter Accessibility

Posted on 11/21/2014 1:45:43 PM

In preparation for the winter season, the Snow Removal Priority Plan has been reviewed and updated. The Snow Removal Priority Table (PDF) identifies the priority from high to low.

The priorities are planned to provide vehicular access to the campus while also providing pedestrian circulation within the campus. Location, available equipment, and manpower are key factors in the progression of the priority groupings. When storms continue over a lengthy period of time, the snow removal priorities continue in a cyclical manner until the storm runs its course. Once streets, parking lots, and sidewalks have been initially opened, the snow will be further pushed back and/or piled in each subsequent clearing as the process cycles though the priorities. In most cases, salt is distributed as the snow is removed to melt ice and to provide a non-skid substrate on packed snow.

The removal of snow is accomplished by an assortment of different pieces of equipment, including plows, brooms, loaders, and spreaders. The equipment is supplemented with hand-shoveling of steps and areas that are not accessible with equipment. The manpower to operate the equipment, and a considerable amount of hand shoveling, is provided by the IUP Facilities staff. 

Any questions or concerns regarding snow removal should be directed to the Office of Facilities Management at 724-357-2429.

2014–15 Snow Removal Priority Summary (PDF)

Winter Accessibility

It is IUP policy to ensure that the campus is accessible to students, employees, and visitors with physical disabilities. IUP has incorporated the removal of snow on designated pathways to accommodate individuals with disabilities as a primary component of the Snow Removal Priority Plan. The illustrations of zonal portions of campus (PDF) identify the specific areas where snow is removed. Areas requiring special attention are highlighted, as are the primary inclement weather ADA pathways. The ADA pathways are identified as single blue lines that should be considered primary travel paths from parking to buildings, as well as between individual buildings. The ADA-designated pathways may not appear to be the most convenient pathway available. However, inclement weather conditions have been taken into consideration to determine the most appropriate slopes and curb cuts to be used. 

Any of the designated accessible pathways that are found difficult to traverse should be brought to the attention of the Office of Facilities Management at 724-357-2429.

Winter Maintenance Coverage Areas Zonal Illustrations (PDF)