City crews are continuing snow plowing operations and expect some additional snowfall with the current winter storm system. City contractors are also assisting with picking up snow piles and windrows. There is a total accumulation of 7-9” throughout town so far. Once the storm passes, crews will move toward clean-up operations. Our goal is to respond to snow and snow plowing concerns within 48 hours after the snowstorm has ended.
Please be cautious around plow trucks and equipment that you may see within the City or on the highway and allow yourself extra time to get to where you are going!
PREPARE FOR WINTER TRAVEL:
- Have a plan. Prepare a winterized emergency vehicle kit, ensure Always plan your route in advance and be sure to let someone know your route and estimated time of arrival (ETA).
- Check your tires. Make sure to check the air pressure in all tires, including your spare, and that your tires have good tread — at least 3/16”.
- Perform a safety check. Give your vehicle a tune-up before long trips. This includes getting an oil change if necessary, inspecting the battery, brakes and pads and wiper blades. Ensure you have a full tank of gas, and lastly, check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.
WHILE YOU’RE ON THE ROAD:
- Drive for the conditions. Ice and packed snow make it hard to stop – give yourself extra space between you and the car in front of you for stopping room. Slow your speeds in winter conditions to prevent accidents – do not drive faster than you can see ahead. Turn on your headlights to improve visibility.
- Bow to the plow. It is illegal to pass a snowplow when it is operating its lights and operating in a tandem formation with one or more snowplows. Don’t crowd the plow, be sure to remain three to four car lengths behind snowplows.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Street Department at 970-384-6379.
About the City’s Snow Removal Operations:
- There are a total of 10 plow and equipment operators for the City, some of whom come to serve our community from as far as Parachute.
- 6 of the 10 employees are Certified Snow Removal Operators by the American Public Works Association.
- The city has a contractor onboard that helps remove the snow piles down the middle of the road with a snowblower that is 52” tall, 110” wide and weighs 9,000 lbs. Be careful when you see it coming!