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City Street Crews partial callout staus, working on primary routes

City plows are on partial callout status, working on primary routes in affected areas


The City of Colorado Springs snow crews have been on partial callout in affected areas since 9:30 AM.  They are currently working on clearing primary routes only. 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 has 45 snow routes, covering 1,780 lane miles of primary and secondary streets.

We advise residents to ?think before you go? and check the current status before taking optional trips during a snow event. There are several ways to stay informed:

         Current snow crew callout status can be found on under News.

         Citizens can sign up for the City?s Twitter account (@springsgov) to receive the status directly.

         The City will also provide current status to the local media outlets to be used in crawlers.

         Citizens can observe conditions by making use of the City?s online Road Weather Information System camera feeds and/or traffic cameras.

         The automated snow line, 457-7669, will have a recording about the current callout status.

         Colorado Springs National Weather Service forecast information is available at 573-6846.


Per current policy, the Street Division will not respond to residential streets until at least 6 inches of snow has accumulated, and the primary and secondary routes have been cleared, and the snow has stopped falling. In a large event, it could be several days before residential streets that meet the above conditions are treated. Residential streets that meet the conditions will have a single lane treated on a grid by grid basis, so requests to the Street Division are not necessary and will not change the order of response. Grids needing the most attention will be serviced first.

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 put down treatment behind it. 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. The City?s permit does allow the use of salt in the downtown area only, and it is applied there during storm events. The City also uses a product called Ice Slicer on portions of the primary route, which is material that can melt ice on road surfaces with a lower temperature than salt can. This product is significantly more expensive than anti-skid or salt, so it is selectively used in areas with high traffic volume to improve north-south and east-west mobility.

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.

More information about the City?s Snow and Ice Response policies can be found here.


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