Main streets, or most streets with stripes, are the priority for Public Works and our largest plows. These streets carry most of the city’s traffic as well as emergency vehicles and public transportation.
Public Works may use anti-icer and de-icer to improve the condition of the roads, both when snow starts to fall, and after snow has accumulated on the pavement. De-icing may be accomplished with the use of “Ice Slicer,” a dry, naturally mined mix of chlorides or with liquid magnesium chloride (often referred to simply as "Mag Chloride").
Snow Begins to Fall
Major Snow Events
Pushing snow onto sidewalks and driveways is an unfortunate consequence of plowing any street. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask everyone to work together to clear neighborhood walkways.
There will no longer be additional parking restrictions on “Snow Routes” – just follow the posted parking rules, even during the worst storms. If your car is parked legally, you will not receive a ticket
Denver Parks & Recreation performs snow removal on park property and select sidewalks, such as bridges and underpasses within the City. During normal snowfall, the snow will be removed as usual, including around recreation centers. Recreation Centers will also be plowed and shoveled for Saturday and Sunday hours as needed.
Each winter, the City and County of Denver receives calls regarding snow-plow operations and ice accumulation in the gutters along the streets. The Department of Public Works responds to these inquiries in several ways. While the Street Maintenance Division is directly responsible for snow and ice removal, these situations can also be an indication of other infrastructure issues, which can involve internal cooperation and coordination with several Divisions within the Department of Public Works.
The following frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) has been developed in order to help residents understand the City and County of Denver’s policies and practices regarding snow and ice removal, the causes of ice accumulation, suggestions for prevention and possible solutions, and contacts to have the problem addressed.
Contact the Denver 311 Help Center
Within Denver: dial 3-1-1
Outside Denver: call 720-913-1311
Monday through Friday - 7am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday - 8am to 5pm
Denver requires property owners to clear their walkways so that everyone has safe access throughout the City. Pedestrians, including senior citizens, people with disabilities, parents with strollers, and mail carriers depend on clear walkways.
While pushing snow onto sidewalks by our plows doesn’t happen very often, we are truly sorry when it does. We all know how critical it is that our streets are cleared of snow for safety and accessibility purposes, and that is the top priority of Denver’s heavy snow plows. Pushing snow onto sidewalks and driveways is an unfortunate consequence of plowing any street. We don’t have a policy addressing plows pushing snow onto sidewalks because it wouldn’t be realistic to expect that of our operators. We do, however, expect them to be conscientious in their work while recognizing their goal of clearing the street of snow.
Please know that we are constantly providing our drivers with feedback on their performance and ways to minimize the occurrence of snow on sidewalks.