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The Operations & Maintenance Division's first priority is to plow arterials and collectors (most streets with stripes) first.  This is so the streets with the most amount of regular and emergency traffic are as safe as possible.  Weather conditions determine the number of plows and types of materials used for each storm.

  • During major snow events when Colorado Springs receives 12 inches or more of snow accompanied by prolonged freezing temperatures, 4x4 plows may be deployed to simultaneously clear residential, or neighborhood, streets.
  • While plowing, the Operations & Maintenance Division may use de-icing and anti-icing materials to improve traction and decrease ice on the roadways.  
  • After snow has accumulated on the pavement, Public Works will apply a de-icing agent to the streets to prevent the snow from building up and turning into ice.  Deicing may be accomplished with the use of a granular salt based material or with liquid magnesium chloride.  

Our Process

We have a sophisticated process that we execute when snow is predicted, snow begins, and when a major snow event occurs.

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The goal of the Snow and Ice Control Plan is to maintain a safe flow of traffic throughout the City while ensuring each residential area is in close proximity.

Area of Responsibility

The City of Colorado Springs Operations & Maintenance Division is responsible for snow removal on City Streets.  City crews clear about 1,800 lane miles on main roads when snow accumulates during a storm.

The Operations and Maintenance Division plows streets that are within city limits.  The Colorado Department of Transportation plows state highways that fall within city limits like Powers Blvd and I-25.  Public Works also works closely with El Paso County and shares and "Exchange of Maintenance" Agreement on roadways where it is mutually beneficial.

You can decipher the different agency plows simply by color: City of Colorado Springs trucks are white, CDOT trucks are Orange, and El Paso County trucks are red.