Winter is part of living in Colorado... We're Working On It!
Did you know that the City would need more than 5 times its current level of equipment and staffing to plow all 7,423 lane miles within the City's 194 square miles within the first few hours of a storm?
To keep snow and ice control at a reasonable cost, the City has to prioritize the order streets are treated. The City has established 45 snow routes, covering 1,780 lane miles of primary and secondary routes.
Primary routes, which are multi-lane roads with large volumes of traffic or hospital access, are treated first. Once the primary routes are passable, snow crews move on to Secondary Routes, which includes school access and collector streets that serve as the main connections between neighborhoods and primary roads. If there is continuous snowfall, the Primary Routes may have to be plowed more than once, which will delay the response on secondary streets.
Residential streets are only treated when at least 6 inches of snow accumulates and the primary and secondary routes have been cleared and the snow has stopped falling.
We hope that making you aware of the City's snow and ice control policies and procedures will help you decide when it's safe to venture out after a storm. To help you decide, you can find current information through the following sources:
- Current snow crew callout status can be found on www.SpringsGov.com 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, (719) 385-SNOW, will have a recording about the current callout status.
- Colorado Springs National Weather Service forecast information is available at (719) 573-6846.
Winter driving conditions are a part of living in Colorado. We ask for your patience please... we're working on it!
More information about the City's Snow and Ice Response policies can be found here.