Snow Removal

Fitchburg plows over 135 miles of roads. State and county highways in Fitchburg are plowed by Dane County, private roads are plowed by their owners.

This video shows a Fitchburg plow at work in the Verona Road area.

Goals for Snow & Ice Control Policies

  • Reduce the risk to the traveling public on city maintained roads
  • To support necessary emergency operations by police, fire, and ambulance services. Provide reasonably safe school bus routes and school zones. Provide reasonably safe Metro bus routes, bike routes and pedestrian street crossings.
  • Reduce economic losses to the community and industry caused by workers unable to get to their jobs or to make deliveries.
  • Minimize the environmental impact of winter road maintenance by using the least amount of salt or other de-icing chemicals that is effective in clearing the roads.
  • Provide for more efficient, cost effective, and responsive winter operations on the part of the City of Fitchburg Streets Division and Public Works Department.
  • Complete Snow and Ice Control Policies approved by the Board of Public Works.


You should take time to clear around your mailbox to ensure that your postal service is not interrupted.

Snow removal operations occasionally damage mailboxes. If the mailbox was installed and maintained according to current city standards and was damaged from being struck by the snow plow, Public Works may repair the damage or you may receive some reimbursement if the case falls within the city's mailbox damage policy. If the mailbox was not constructed or maintained to current standards, the repairs will be the homeowner’s responsibility.

To report a damaged mailbox either call Public Works at 608-270-4260, email or use the "Report a Concern" button on the left hand column of this webpage. 


Sec. 27-114. - Snow & Ice to be Removed from Sidewalks

The owner of each lot or part of lot shall remove or cause to be removed all snow and ice which may have fallen or accumulated upon the sidewalk in front of the premises which he/she owns not later than 6 p.m. of the day after the same has ceased to fall or accumulate; provided that when ice has so formed upon any sidewalk that it cannot be removed, then the owner shall keep the same effectively sprinkled with sand, salt, or other suitable substance in such manner as to prevent the ice from being dangerous, until such time as it can be removed, and then it shall be promptly removed.

Sec. 27-116. - Deposit of Snow on Public Roadways

Snow removed from private property or driveway approaches shall not be deposited onto public roadways. Snow removed from edge of roadway to allow access to mailboxes shall be placed on terrace areas.


Snow Berms

Our main objective is to keep our roadways open for the safe passage of traffic. Where possible, operators try to minimize the size of berms across driveways. However, the city does not have the resources to remove the snow berms. To help minimize the amount of snow in the driveway please see snow removal tips here. It is a violation of city ordinances to deposit snow removed from private property or driveway approaches onto public roadways. Tickets will be issued to violators.

Fire Hydrants

If you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, please take the time to clear snow from and around the hydrant to ensure quick access during an emergency. Utility workers will clear snow from and around fire hydrants as time permits.

Alternate Side Parking

Between November 15 and March 15, no person may park any vehicle between the hours of 1-7 a.m. on the even numbered side of the street on the odd numbered calendar days, and on the odd numbered side of the street on the evened numbered calendar days.

Refuse & Recycling Collection Delays

In the event that severe winter weather conditions force us to discontinue service:

  • Affected routes will be completed the next day.
  • A notification will be posted on Pellitteri's website for Fitchburg residents.
  • An email notification will be sent to those who have signed up. To sign up for our email notification system, please call Pellitteri's office at 608-257-4285 or send an email (be sure to include which community you live in).