Nine Plows Follow The City’s Snow Plan To Help Keep Roads Open, Safe – With the National Weather Service issuing a blizzard warning for the metro Denver region, Commerce City snow removal crews are prepared to keep city streets clear as inclement weather begins to affect the region.
The city’s snow removal plan classifies snow storms into three categories and places priority on clearing major roads, such as Highway 2, Quebec Parkway and Tower Road first, and then on collector streets that connect hospitals, fire stations, police stations, and schools.
Public Works Department employees are currently on call; 12-hour shifts will be implemented until the snow event is over and roadways are clear. The city will use nine pieces of snow removal equipment and plowing generally begins after two inches of snow accumulates, unless storm conditions warrant a different approach.
“Unpredictable weather in Colorado certainly creates a challenge for snow removal,” said Steve Ortega, public works operations manager. “The city’s integrated snow plan combines multiple divisions to provide a response that is quick, efficient, and within budget.
The Colorado Department of Transportation clears major highways throughout the city, such as U.S. 85 and Interstates 270 and 76. More information is available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511. Visit www.c3gov.com/snow to view the snow plan and map, or call the Weather Emergency Hotline at 303-227-8776 for status updates on potential closures or delays of city buildings and operations.
Residents play an important part in snow removal duties within neighborhoods by keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. According to the city’s codes, all sidewalks must be clear of snow and ice 24 hours from the last accumulation of snow and/or ice.
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s winter driving website offers tips and tricks to help drivers prepare for any situation and get to their destination safely. Key tips include:• Be sure you have good snow tires. • Always keep the top half of your gas tank full.• If you are stuck in a serious storm do not leave your car. Run the engine periodically and wait for help.• Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some nutrition bars or other food for sustenance.• Remember that 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel stop. • Drive for the conditions. In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to large chain reaction accidents.• Leave extra space between your automobile and others on the road (including plow trucks). Of course, always buckle up!