How Colorado Springs prioritizes which streets get plowed first

We broke down how Colorado Springs prioritizes which streets get plowed first./ Taylor Bishop -- FOX21 News
We broke down how Colorado Springs prioritizes which streets get plowed first./ Taylor Bishop -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Snowplow crews have been working hard over the past three days to get the streets cleared, but as always, some side roads will still be snowy.

We broke down how Colorado Springs prioritizes which streets get plowed first.

The city’s Operations and Maintenance Division is responsible for clearing 5,833 lane miles over a 194-square-mile area. The average annual snowfall in Colorado Springs is 42 inches, and this storm just goes to show it can pile up quickly at different rates throughout the city.

“Most of the primaries are looking pretty good other than just a few trouble spots that we’ve been addressing today,” Operations Program Supervisor Terry Huggins said. “We’re working on secondaries and stuff. We didn’t need every truck in today to start hitting secondaries.”

Primaries are Academy Boulevard, Platte Avenue, Fillmore Street, etc. Secondaries are feeder streets like Vickers Drive and Astrozon Boulevard.

An interactive map on the city’s website is the best way to see snow plow routes.

“If we were to treat every street in Colorado Springs every snow storm, we would never make it through a whole season with our budget,” said Huggins.

This is why residential streets don’t get plowed unless there’s at least six inches of snow on the ground. However, they do address known trouble areas.

“Once you leave some of the primary routes and get into the secondaries, you will still find some slick spots, so give yourself plenty of time, leave early,” Huggins said.

Another reminder before you head out on your commute: Huggins said it’s important to give snowplow drivers plenty of room to do their jobs.

“It’s been a long weekend. These guys have been working 12-hour shifts,” Huggins said. “The operators and everybody are getting a little bit tired but you know they’re hanging in there. They’re doing the best they can.”

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