Bates College Snow Plowing and Shoveling Policy

During the winter months, the Bates Grounds crew is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for snow removal.  Snow removal begins with the accumulation of approximately 2 inches of snow.  For plowing of roads, parking lots, and some sidewalks, the campus is divided into three routes.  A pickup truck equipped with an eight foot plow is assigned to each route.  Major arteries, heavy traffic areas, and fire lanes are the first to be plowed, with secondary areas next.

For plowing of sidewalks, the campus is divided into two routes, with a Bobcat skid steer equipped with either a snow blower or a plow, assigned to each route.  Again, high priority areas are plowed first, with secondary areas next.  There are some sidewalks not essential to foot traffic that are not plowed.

The shoveling of steps, handicap ramps etc., are also divided into three routes, with two grounds personnel assigned to each route.  During the course of a storm, only main entrances are kept cleared and all other entrances are cleared at the end of the storm.  In a large storm, Labor Ready personnel are hired to assist the Grounds crew with shoveling, as needed.

When plowing and shoveling are complete, a mixture of sand and salt is applied to increase traction, and aid in the melting of any ice left behind by the plows.

Every storm is different and depending on whether it is a wet heavy snow or a dry powdery snow, determines how long it will take to clear the campus.  After a storm event, the two synthetic athletic fields are plowed and snow piles are moved, with the use of two front end loaders.

We also take care of some of our College owned rental housing.  These areas are addressed after the main campus has been cleared.

We also ask that you wear appropriate footwear during storm events, as walkways and stairs may not be scraped clean for extended periods of time.