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The town’s Snow & Ice Control Plan has three priorities, explaining where the town starts snow plowing first. The plan is to return road surfaces to safe winter driving conditions as soon as possible within the limitations of this plan, our limited resources, and weather conditions. Staff will evaluate the weather conditions during each snowstorm and will dispatch snow removal crews to impacted areas as need. Priorities include arterial and collector streets, critical facilities — such as medical offices and the fire department — and our schools. Designated problem areas, such as hills, roundabouts and intersections, are also made a priority. It must be recognized that, although this plan sets general guidelines to be followed, each snowstorm has its own characteristics with variable conditions, such as air and pavement temperatures, wind speed and direction, precipitation rates and types, extreme temperatures, timing, duration, and traffic activity. This plan must remain flexible and take into consideration these variables.
Cul-de-sacs will be evaluated by staff during each storm. Snow removal crews will be dispatched to impacted areas as needed and/or once Priority 3 is reached under the Snow & Ice Control Plan.
Residents are required by ordinance to clear sidewalks, including those crossing alleys and driveways, within 24 hours after the end of a storm. Please pile the snow in your yard, not in the street. If your sidewalk is icy, apply de-icer to melt the ice. If you wish to report a hazardous sidewalk, please call the Police Department's Code Enforcement team at 970-674-6400. Read more in the link below.
Snow plow drivers will make every effort to avoid plowing snow onto sidewalks and driveway entrances. However, in the process of removing snow from the roadways, there may be times that this cannot be avoided and sidewalks or driveway entrances may become covered. Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours from the end of the snow storm per Sec.11-7-10 of the Municipal Code.
Residents are required by the Town of Windsor Municipal Code to have their sidewalks cleared within 24 hours of the end of the snow storm, per Sec.11-7-10. If you are concerned about unclear sidewalks, contact 970-674-6400 for the Code Enforcement team at the Police Department.
It is the goal of the town to plow streets systematically and efficiently. When snow plows are moving from one location to another or are returning to refuel or load more de-icing material, they travel with the plow blades up.
There are 263.04 miles of streets in the town that may get plowed. However, that number can triple or quadruple when one factors in “lanes." For example, Main Street from 7th Street to 15th Street is approximately one mile; however it is four lane-miles due to the four lanes that exist on Main Street (this does not include turn lanes).
The town has seven (7) snow plow dump trucks each equipped with sanders; two (2) one-ton pickup; eight (8) ¾ pickups, two (2) four-wheel drive tractors, one with snow blower; one (1) motor grader; one (1) front-end loader; and two (2) backhoes.
The Town uses Ice Buster, a granular rock salt product pre-wetted with Apex Meltdown to reduce corrosion while increasing de-icing performance on all of the Town’s roadways. Crews are trained on sensible salting techniques, and all snow plow trucks are calibrated to spread only the amount of de-icing salt required to de-ice the roadways. Ice Buster requires fewer applications and delivers enhanced traction eliminating the need for sand. The Town DOES NOT use sand. For more information on Ice Buster, view the town's Snow & Ice Control Plan under "De-icing Material."
Calls regarding snow and ice removal operations should be directed to the Public Works Department at 970-674-5400, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For after-hours Public Works emergencies call 970-674-5411. If you encounter an emergency situation, call 911.