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Denver Kicks Off the Snow Season! City's new "Plow Tracker" to Debut with First Snowfall

DENVER – “Winter is coming” and Denver Public Works would like to help people prepare for snow before the flakes start falling! Starting this snow season, people will be able to see a snapshot of how Denver’s plow crews are working to keep commuters moving safely on the city’s main streets and residential streets through Denver’s new Plow Tracker.

“During the snowy months, Denver Public Works is dedicated to helping commuters get where they need to go and I’d like to give shout out to all of our plow drivers who work hard every winter to keep people moving,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “With our new Plow Tracker, residents can see where the plows are and have been before heading out the door.”

Denver Public Works provides snow response to approximately 1,900 lane miles of main streets, or most streets with stripes, utilizing a fleet of 70 large plows. Denver also has a fleet of 36 smaller, residential plows, which deploy on the side streets if enough snow has accumulated to where the 4x4 pickup trucks can be helpful in clearing a path for drivers to get to the main streets.

Reminders about Denver’s residential plows:

  • The residential plows take one pass down the center of every side street to keep them passable.
  • The residential plows shave off the top few inches of snow pack and will not expose bare pavement.
  • They do not use de-icing materials.
  • Denver previously deployed its residential plows only during major snow events and emergency situations. Last year, Denver Public Works received additional staff members that it could dedicate to the residential plow program. Now, when a storm requires full deployment of Denver’s fleet of large plows, the residential plows will also deploy when enough snow has accumulated that the trucks can be helpful in clearing a path for drivers to get to the main streets.

For more information on Denver’s snow removal program, please visit denvergov.org/snow.