City Blizzard Report Card

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

After 3 big snow storms, Springs city leaders are debating what went right, what went wrong and what needs to change. At Monday's City Council meeting, the city's Street Division took hits including one of the biggest complaints, hazardous snow still piled on major roads. Springs resident Tyler Kraus can attest to that.
"The lane I was driving on, it looked open but then it just suddenly ended," said Kraus, who says the driver behind him on Briargate Parkway ran smack into a snowbank, days after the city's last blizzard. It's a scenario Springs council person Darryl Glenn says is inexcusable.
"There have been plenty of days where it's been warm enough where we could have gone in their to widen the road ways," said Glenn.
Street Division Manager Saleem Khattak says his crew is doing the best they can with the resources they have. Resources he says are adequate for a city the size Colorado Springs... 16 years ago.
"We have gone from 1,000 miles of roads to almost 1,600 miles of road in the last 16 years," said Khattak. "That's like adding a whole new city."
A city now riddled with potholes as varied as people's opinions of how the city handled blizzard, after blizzard, after blizzard. The Street Division says it will make improvements, like upping salt content in its gravel mix. They'll also use preventative techniques including new de-icing chemicals to apply to roads ahead of storms. Complaint calls to the division totaled more than 6,000. In the future, new software could help them pinpoint locations to better coordinate their response.

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