Will the city plows clear your neighborhood street?

By jennyd on March 15, 2024
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Have they started plowing in your neighborhood yet? Here is some helpful timelines thanks to 9 News Snow Plowing in Colorado


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“We will deploy our fleet of small plows to the side streets when enough snow has fallen, and they can be helpful in clearing a path to the main streets in a significant snowfall event,” Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson Nancy Kuhn said. “The residential plows will shave the top few inches of snow off the street; they won’t bring the street to bare pavement.”


“Residential streets are not routinely plowed unless they have steep hills with chronic icing problems,” the city said on its website. “However, they will be plowed if the City Manager declares a snow emergency.”


The city of Aurora said secondary and neighborhood through streets are plowed after Priority 1 and 2 routes are completed.

“With the city’s financial and physical resources in mind, snow removal on smaller neighborhood streets only takes place during the most extreme weather conditions as approved by the Public Works director,” the city said on its website.


“Our first priority in any snowstorm is to make sure our main thoroughfares are plowed and passable. We then move into the other routes indicated on the map,” City of Brighton spokesperson Kristen Chernosky said.


Broomfield said residential streets will be plowed based on the amount of snowfall:

  • 4+ inches = one lane plowed
  • 12+ inches = two lanes plowed

Castle Rock

Residential streets are plowed after primary roadways and when snow accumulation is expected to be above a certain amount.

  • From March 15 to Nov. 15, residential streets are plowed if snow accumulation is expected to exceed 8 inches on the roadway.
  • From Nov. 15 to March 15, residential streets are plowed if snow accumulation is expected to exceed 4 inches on the roadway.


When directed by the City Manager, snow plowing will be expanded to include Priority 3 residential streets at the same time as the Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets. Priority 3 residential streets will get one pass in each direction by a pickup truck snowplow.

Commerce City

Streets located primarily in residential areas are only plowed after Priority 1, 2, and 3 routes are completed. They are also only plowed when snow accumulations completely block traffic movement.

Unincorporated Douglas County (Highlands Ranch/Sterling Ranch)

Local streets and cul-de-sacs are usually cleared last. During heavy storms, snow may not be removed until the following day after arterials and collectors are plowed.


When accumulations are 8 inches or above, the city will plow the centers of all residential streets to allow for one passable lane.


Once primary streets are determined to be “passable”, secondary streets and then residential streets will be plowed.

Greenwood Village

The city said staff will plow all roads within the village, including residential areas. Residential streets and cul-de-sacs are cleared after the main routes are cleared.


Residential streets are only plowed in severe cases when snow depths are seriously impeding vehicle mobility and melting is not forecasted to occur quickly.


When Littleton receives six or more inches of snow and once all Priority 1, 2 and 3 streets have been cleared, crews may plow the center of the residential streets.


The city is divided into four sections for plowing. Secondary routes like collector streets and residential areas (specifically stretches with dangerous hills, curves and intersections) are given priority after primary routes.

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