City Releases Statement On Sunday Snow Response

The city of Colorado Springs has issued a statement about the city's snow response:

Today at 2:00 A.M., the City of Colorado Springs initiated winter operations. City of Colorado Springs snow crews are currently working in affected areas. Primary routes will be cleared first. Primary routes are multi-lane roads with large volumes of traffic or hospital access. Once the primary routes are passable, crews will move to secondary routes. Secondary routes include collector streets and school access. The City is responsible for 1,780 lane miles of primary and secondary streets.

It can take six hours or more to clear the primary routes in a large event. If snow is continuously falling, the primary routes often have to be treated more than once, delaying when crews can start on secondary routes. We ask residents to be patient and to delay optional trips in the first few hours or more of a snow event.

In addition to plowing, the City also puts down various treatments to combat icy conditions. Plows cannot remove ice from a road. The scrapers purposely do not reach street level to avoid damaging the roadway. Plows remove the top layer of snow and then apply treatment. Most areas of the City receive anti-skid material, which is a salt and crushed rock mixture which can only contain up to 20% salt, per the City’s environmental permit.

As a reminder, property owners are responsible for snow and ice control on adjacent sidewalks, driveways and private parking lots. Residential property owners are responsible for clearing any sidewalks in front of their property within 24 hours of when snow stops falling.