Oct 28, 2009 6:26 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Street crews gear up for snow

State, county, and city street crews are packing up the trucks with giant scooping blades and anti-skid materials in anticipation of the upcoming storm.

With recent budget problems this year, the Colorado Springs City street division has changed the snow removal policy.  It will continue to use its priority snow removal route system, removing snow from the major roads first.  The big change is to residential areas.  The city will not send a snow plow down neighborhood streets unless the snow has accumulated six inches or higher.

Colorado Springs has 7,000 miles worth of streets to cover with 62 trucks loaded and ready to go.

El Paso County has 2,400 miles of snow removal routes with 42 trucks and 26 blades at the ready.  The county hasn't faced budget restrictions when it comes to snow removal.

The Colorado Department of Transporation was filling potholes in Pueblo and fixing roads in Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon.  Crews in the Colorado Springs area are now getting ready for snow removal.

City of Pueblo street crews are on standby for the upcoming storm.


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