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City Streets Division responds to highest seasonal snowfall in 13 years, decreases materials costs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Public Works recognizes the Streets Division for a banner year in snow removal services. Despite the 2013-2014 winter season producing the most snowfall in the last 13 years* (34.4 inches to date) and numerous days of freezing temperatures, the Streets Division spent less money on snow plowing materials than in recent years.

Streets Division conducted snow plowing operations for 13 snow events from January 1 – April 20, 2014.  To date, the Streets Division has spent $750,000 for snow plowing materials and has amassed a full inventory of snow removal supplies to carry the Division through 2014 winter operations. The Streets Division anticipates the inventory to last through December 2014 without the need to purchase additional materials if snow removal operations remain consistent with other years.

Expenses for 2013 snow removal materials were $1,077,000 for 19 Snow Events from January to December 2013. 

“Public safety is our number one priority and we will do everything we can to make our roads as safe as possible during snow and ice events,” said Dave Lethbridge, Interim Public Works Director. “Last year we identified and corrected several inefficiencies that have greatly improved our level of service. This is evident from the amount of positive response we have received from our community.”

Other Streets Division highlights include:

  • Able to avoid impacts from a Statewide shortage on de-icer materials in January by contracting with a vendor to provide both liquid and granular de-icer materials critical to snow and ice control operations
  • Began plowing certain residential areas and clearing our city’s more dangerous residential streets and intersections to minimize accidents
  • Restructured 2014 Snow and Ice Control Operations to more effectively respond to snow and ice conditions on primary and secondary routes.

*The National Weather Service seasonal snowfall amounts for Colorado Springs show snowfall for the 2013-2014 as the largest total snowfall since 2000-2001, which achieved 56.7 inches. Click here for a complete seasonal snowfall listing for Colorado Springs.