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Ahead of a storm, the Town uses a product called Torch. It is a proprietary blend of salt water, complex sugars and a small amount of rust inhibitor. Treating roads before a storm helps prevent icing, especially on elevated roadways and bridge decks. Cold, dry conditions are best for pretreatment, as precipitation washes the mixture away.
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Town Code requires all businesses and residential property owners and/or tenants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 48 hours of each snow event, with 2 inches or more of accumulation. If you live on a corner, snow removal is required on both sidewalks - in the front and on the side of your property. Residents should also keep curbs and gutters free of ice, to allow drainage and prevent buildup.
For safety and efficiency, plow drivers cannot change plow directions based on the street. The Town's policy is to plow residential roads from the center outward, providing a passable lane in each direction, placing snow along the side. This prevents favoring one side over another and is time efficient. Most roads are usually crowned (sloped) so they can drain to the gutters; this allows for the travel lanes to dry more quickly, preventing melt from refreezing over the road.
The Town has invested in two ice-breaking attachments to address major ice buildup issues. Residents can request ice breaking in a specified area by reaching out to Roads@CRgov.com or 720-733-2462. Public Works will evaluate icy areas of Town and prioritize treatment in the same manner as plowing, starting with priority no. 1 streets, and by looking at the severity of the buildup and traffic volume. With the amount of sunny days in Colorado, some icy areas will be left to melt on their own.
Snow is never intentionally dumped onto cleared driveways and sidewalks; however, it will happen as plows move quickly. To help with the issue, pile snow onto the grass rather than the street, and continue to clear driveways as plows visit your neighborhood. Snow that is piled on the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a plow.
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities who are unable to clear snow from their sidewalks may receive assistance from the following organizations:
Downtown has its own plow route. Plow drivers will clear a lane in each direction, with snow pushed to the middle. If a significant storm occurs, trucks and a snow blower will haul away snow. More often, plow drivers will slush out the snow, moving it back and forth across the road to help it melt. It is recommended that businesses choose one parking stall on each block to pile snow into, so the rest remain available for use.
The Town has 13 plow trucks, 10 4x4 trucks with front plows, three front-end loaders, a snow blower and a motor grader. All of these vehicles work together depending on the significance of the storm.