Snowplow Priorities

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Call 303-450-4001 for questions, concerns or more information.

The city focuses on clearing main arterials - streets with the most traffic - during winter storms.

Snowplow Priorities

The city makes every effort, to the extent possible with current manpower and funding, to pretreat main arterials for ice prior to major snow events and to remove snow and ice as quickly as possible during and following a storm event. City crews work in shifts around the clock to ensure that our streets are safe and passable.

Priority Routes

The city of Northglenn is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 245 lane miles of arterial, collector and local streets.

The city is divided into four main sections for snow plowing. You will notice each section is colored differently on the map. If possible, crews will be assigned to the same route each snowstorm throughout the winter season. This will allow crews to become familiar with their routes and any trouble spots within those areas, which will result in more efficient snow plowing efforts.

Primary snow removal is accomplished with six large plows. In the event of a major storm, we can supplement with two front-end loaders, two backhoes, and a few smaller pieces of equipment. In emergency situations such as a blizzard or a series of storms, city equipment and crews may be supplemented with contracted services. Snow removal priority is a volume-based plan. Snow removal is focused on clearing streets that benefit the greatest number of users first.

Based on that approach, the following procedures will occur under most circumstances:

First priority - Arterials
All lanes, including turn pockets, will be plowed and treated with anti-icing materials as needed. Arterial lanes include: 104th Avenue, 120th Avenue, Huron Street and Washington Street, among others.

Second priority - Collectors, school zones and steep hills
One lane in each direction will be plowed and anti-icing materials applied as needed. Note: Collectors are streets that connect directly to an arterial.

Third priority - Local collectors
One lane in each direction will be plowed and anti-icing materials applied as needed. Note: Local collectors are lower volume streets that connect with major collectors or arterials.

Fourth priority - Residential streets
Plowed if accumulation exceeds 8 inches. A single pass will be plowed down the middle of the street. Anti-icing materials will be applied on hills, curves and intersections as needed.

Exceptions: Varying weather conditions may require plows to return to first and second priority streets prior to servicing third and fourth priority streets. The focus is to provide service to the greatest number of users first.

Emergency vehicle access will also be a high priority. Residents experiencing a medical emergency should call 911. City crews will work in conjunction with police, Northglenn Ambulance and the North Metro Fire Rescue District to provide emergency access.

City of Northglenn
11701 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233