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Posted on: October 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Glenwood Springs Urges Patience for Snowplowing Operations

With heavy overnight snowfall and continuing snowy weather conditions, the City of Glenwood Spring urges patience and safety during snow removal operations.


October 26, 2020


Glenwood Springs, Colo.- The City of Glenwood Spring urges patience and safety during snow removal operations. 

Glenwood Springs received heavy snowfall overnight on October 25, 2020 with accumulations in some areas over a foot. Additional snow is expected throughout Monday. City street crews are out removing snow from City streets today and will continue to do so until all roads are clear. Their first goal is to clear the main thoroughfares and bus routes.

The City reminds residents that icy conditions can persist even after snowplowing has occurred. Early snow conditions include a mix of rain and slush that result in an icy layer beneath the snowfall that is challenging for snowplows to remove. Pretreatment of the roadway is also not feasible under these conditions as the material becomes too diluted to be effective. 

“There is a whole lot of roadway to tackle when snow starts piling up and we have approximately 43 miles of streets to clear. Our crews are out there doing their best to get all residential streets and we ask for patience as we tackle the main streets and bus routes first, " said Public Works Director Matthew Langhorst.  

The City of Glenwood Springs appreciates your patience and cooperation while working to return public streets to a safe means of transportation.

Snowplowing tips

Here is some helpful advice for residents to remember when the snowplows hit the streets:

  • Snow removal crews begin work early in the morning, typically between 3 and 4 a.m., and continue until all routes are complete. 
  • School bus and emergency routes, categorized as priority one roads, are plowed first. Side streets or residential collector streets, business access, and lesser-traveled streets such as cul-de-sacs, which are categorized as priority two and three, are plowed next. Depending on weather conditions, it may be later in the day before priority two and three roads are plowed.
  • Exercise patience with the snow removal process and drive with caution around equipment.
  • Each plowing operation during a snowstorm may result in a berm of snow across driveways, so if possible, wait to shovel driveways until after plows have finished and do not put snow or any other debris in the roadway. 
  • Snow removal activities must not obstruct access to fire hydrants. Spaces around hydrants should be maintained so they are readily accessible to firefighters.
  • Do not place trash cans in roadways, and retrieve empty trash cans as soon as possible.
  • Educate children about the dangers of playing near snow removal equipment and discourage the building of forts or caves in snow banks, especially near roads. Wear reflective clothing while jogging or walking along a road in the dark. 

For additional information concerning now removal please call the Streets Department at 970-384-6379, or the Parks Department at 970-384-6300.



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