Snow Plow Removal Plan

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Central City’s 2015-2016 Snow Removal Plan is designed to make efficient use of staff and conserve materials and equipment during winter storm events. Through proper management, our efforts will translate into cost savings for the public and a healthier/safer city in which to live, work and drive.

2015-2016 Program Goals

The Goal of Central City is to provide fiscally responsible service during snow and ice events that support the safety and mobility of our transportation system by removing or displacing snow and ice from designated priority streets as safely and expeditiously as possible.

Statement of Objectives and Priorities

Public Works' primary goal is to have Priority #1 Streets plowed and treated with a deicer by 7:30 am following a snow event. This goal is contingent upon the time the snow event starts and the magnitude and duration of the snow event.

Our secondary goal is to have all remaining Priority #2 Streets plowed within three working days. Non-priority streets are typically low-volume residential streets, which are only plowed if four inches of snow accumulation is present upon completion of Priority #1 and #2 Streets.

The following priorities outline the established level of snow removal to be expected for streets in that priority level.

  • Priority #1 Streets: All main arterials considered to be the minimum network, which must be kept open to provide a transportation system connecting the fire stations, police station and other essential emergency services including bus routes and the Central City Parkway.
  • Priority #2 Streets: All other collectors completing the network covering moderate traffic volume streets and selected “hot spots” such as intersections, hills and streets that typically drift shut under windy conditions. 

Central City has approximately 30 miles of streets including the Central City Parkway. For snow removal, they are divided into the above-described categories. Except for very unusual conditions or emergencies, streets or segments of streets are assigned to one of the prioritized categories. Under most conditions, Priority #1 and #2 Streets will be kept open and maintained. When that is not possible, they will be dropped from the maintenance list in reverse order (Priority #2 Streets will be dropped before Priority #1 Streets). When plowed snow either restricts or interferes with traffic, snow will be loaded and hauled to pre-determined storage sites. When possible, the majority of hauling will be done during off-peak traffic times.

Parking on streets may be temporarily restricted if parked vehicles interfere with through traffic, plowing, de-icing or snow removal operations.

It is illegal for private persons to place, dump or push snow into city streets or rights-of-way from adjacent properties.

Street Plowing and Treatment Objectives

Each individual snow storm presents unique conditions and challenges that warrant different approaches to snow and ice control. Factors such as wind, moisture content of the snow, pavement temperature, ice build-up on road surfaces and projected snow accumulations all influence snow fighting strategies.

Standard operating procedures involve plowing and spreading de-icing materials from the center to the right side of the road. The first crew dispatched for a storm will apply de- icing materials as needed to the road surface in an effort to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement. Plowing will begin when sufficient snow accumulations occur on the road surface. Plowing generally occurs when snow accumulation reaches two (2) inches.

Subsequent crews will adjust techniques in order to meet conditions. De-icing adjustments are made in the field based on current and forecasted conditions. Field adjustments may include applying de-icing materials to the entire road surface or limiting them to icy spots, intersections, stop signs, hills and bridges. Techniques to be deployed will be based on storm conditions and duration to achieve optimal results and ensure the safety of motorists.

In order to provide service to as much of the community in as timely a manner as possible, service will not include removal of the plowed windrows from driveways, sidewalks, mail boxes or along vehicles parked on the street.

Resources

Public Works consists of seven Maintenance Workers. All employees are under the direction of the Public Works Director.
Vehicles and equipment available for snow and ice control:

  • (2) Single Axle Dump Trucks with Plows and Sanders
  • (1) 6x6 Tandem Axle Dump Truck with Plow and Sander
  • (1) Front End Loader
  • (1) Backhoe
  • (1) Skidsteer
  • (1) Pull Behind Mechanical Sweeper
  • (1) Regenerative Air Street Sweeper
  • (2) 1-tons with Plows and Sanders
  • (2) 5500s 

Public Works uses a 30% Ice-Slicer/Sand mix for most deicing needs. However, when conditions dictate staff will apply Apex, a liquid deicer, to enhance melting properties.

Snow Emergency

The City Manager has the authority to declare a snow emergency when snow conditions are such that normal snow operations are not able to keep the streets clear. During snow emergencies, a special “No Parking” ban goes into effect on selected City streets. This is the most effective way to provide access for snow control operations.

As in normal snow removal operations, the Priority #1 Streets are the first plowed during snow emergencies. These emergency routes are designed to keep essential services functioning after a major snowfall or heavy drifting that could otherwise paralyze our city. Snow crews will work in conjunction with fire, police and ambulance personnel to ensure the life safety of the community.

Other main streets and school routes are plowed immediately after emergency snow routes are completed. Vehicles parked on a snow route during emergency conditions may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, plows may continue to work the area around parked vehicles, blocking them with piles of snow.

Stuck Vehicles

City staff is not permitted to use city vehicles or equipment to push, pull, drag or otherwise remove any private vehicles that are stuck or inoperable. Staff should call the Police Department to contact a tow for stuck residents. 

How Can You Help

Exercise extreme care when driving in inclement weather. Driving on snow-packed and icy roads requires your full attention and driving skills. A few basic guidelines to remember during winter driving are:

  • During a snowstorm, you can help City crews by not parking along Snow Routes (refer to the map for some of the specific locations).
  • Equip your vehicle with snow tires or chains to improve traction. Remember to brake slowly.
  • During times of poor road conditions, allow extra room between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • During times of reduced visibility, watch for bicycles, disabled or elderly and other pedestrians.
  • Be patient. Drive at reduced speed and allow more travel time to reach your destination.
  • Be considerate of your friends and neighbors. Remove snow from your sidewalks.
  • Give snow removal personnel and equipment time and room to do their job.

Questions and Answers

It seems like we’re always plowed last. Why can’t we be first sometimes?
We follow the snow removal priority plan and often start and stop at the same location. This is based on a number of factors such as stockpile location, conditions and the number of one-way and dead-end streets in the City. We ask our drivers to alter their routes if conditions permit.

When is it OK to park on my street again after it has been plowed?
You can park in any permitted parking area as soon as the snow has been plowed to the curb or its full operation width. Be careful, however; it may take more than one pass of the plows to complete the job.

I’m very concerned about our environment. Why don’t you do more plowing and eliminate the use of sand or salt?
Plowing and de-icing serve different purposes. Both need to be done to ensure the safety of the traveling public. De-icing and sanding are very effective methods in eliminating the bond that occurs between pavements and ice. The City uses a low 30% Ice-Slicer/Sand ratio.

Who can I call if I’ve got a complaint or request?
For the quickest response on your snow plowing or de-icing questions, call 303.582.5251. After normal business hours, call the Police Department at 303.582.5519 and they will contact our on-call personnel.

Can’t the City remove the snow they put in my driveway?
Given the large number of driveways in the City, it is just too costly and time consuming to perform this service. Our primary duty is to keep the main roadways open. Our crews try to keep blocked driveways to a minimum.

What can you do to get the public to shovel their sidewalks?
The City would like to take a moment and remind both residents and business owners of their responsibility to keep sidewalks and walkways free and clear of snow for everyone’s safety.

Section 11-1 of the Municipal Code states “No person who is an owner or manager of any property, lessee leasing the entire premises or adult occupant of a single-family dwelling shall fail to keep all public sidewalks and walkways abutting the premises such person owns, leases or occupied clear of snow, ice, sleet and hail, as provided in this Section. Such person shall remove any accumulation of snow, ice, sleet, hail, sand and mud as promptly as reasonably possible after accumulation and no later than 9:00 a.m. of the day following the accumulation. Such person shall remove the accumulation of snow, ice, sleet, hail, sand and mud from the full width of all sidewalks and walkways, except those with a width exceeding five (5) feet, which must be cleared to a width of at least five (5) feet. Person, for the purpose of this Article, may include a corporation, partnership, trust or other entity as well as a managing agent thereof.” (Ord. 93-2 § 1, 1993)

I’d like to make a suggestion on snow removal. To whom can I send it?
We’ll be happy to take your suggestions. Send them to the Central City Public Works, PO Box 249, Central City, CO 80427 or e-mail them to shoover@cityofcentral.co 

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