City of Loveland continues work to clear streets
Contact: Tom Hacker, PIO: 962-2302
In the wake of a heavy snowfall, City of Loveland snow-fighting crews work around the clock to clear roadways of snow and ice. By late Tuesday afternoon, most arterials were clear and in relatively good condition. Solid Waste Division crews began working on collector and residential streets on Tuesday to help with the effort. City and contractor crews began clearing the downtown area Tuesday night, a process that will take an additional night to complete.
Because snow in northern Colorado typically melts quickly, the City does not normally plow residential streets. However, with snowstorms of this magnitude solid waste crews and blade-equipped trucks are deployed to open residential streets for access. For this reason, trash collection will be set back one day on Tuesday and two days Wednesday and Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Clearing so much snow also means it is unavoidable that some will be pushed in front of cars and driveways. Although snowplow drivers do their best to mitigate this, residents need to be prepared to clear the “windrows” in front of driveways following the plow pass. As always, safety is a priority, and City crews are available to support additional clearing when called by emergency services.
Heavy snowfall also affects sidewalks. After every snow event, crews remove snow from approximately 24 miles of City-maintained public sidewalks. A crew also clears snow from another 22 miles of private sidewalks that are unavoidably buried by City snowplow trucks because they are located adjacent to arterial plow routes and have curb connections. The City’s policy is to remove snow from any sidewalks buried by City snowplows– a process that is slow and labor intensive.
Over the next couple of weeks, as the weather warms up, crews will focus on intersections and known problem areas to help clear out ice dams, potholes and
drainage concerns. City crews appreciate the patience of residents as they work to prioritize the cleanup of snow and ice.