- Public Works Department
- Snow Removal Policy
Snow Removal Policy
When do we start plowing?
The City begins the snow plowing process once 4 inches of snow has accumulated or as conditions may require. View the City’s Snow Plow Policy (PDF).
Where do we plow?
The City is responsible for keeping 62 miles of roadway accessible! We plow all public roads within City limits. Remember, we do not plow County or State roads! US-24 CO-67 are plowed and maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
- Emergency Services Routes
- Bus routes and sidewalks to schools
- Primary roads and public parking lots
- Secondary roads
- Alley and cul-de-sacs
- Continue sanding as needed
Snow Removal Guidelines
- When following behind a snow plow or sanding truck, please drive with your headlights on, and stay back far enough to remain clear of flying snow and sanding materials. Do not pass the plows.
- Do not plow driveway snow into or across a public street or sidewalk. Snow cleared from private property must be deposited in a ditch line, behind the sidewalk, or behind the curb and gutter.
- Snow piles can be dangerous! Crews frequently move piles or perform "clean up" operations. Do not allow children to play in or on snow piles.
- During or after a snow event, refrain from parking on the side of the street! City crews need room to clear the streets and sidewalks properly. This goes for garbage cans too.
Winter Driving Tips
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your headlights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially when descending hills.
- Don’t use cruise control or ’overdrive’ on icy roads.
- Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The operators of those trucks have limited visibility and you are likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind them.
- Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.