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Denver prepares snowplows for storm

David Heitz
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The city of Denver will activate snow plows this week as a winter storm prepares to bear down on Colorado.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, or DOTI, issued a news release Monday detailing its plans. “With the possibility that Denver could see snowfall totals in the 6”-11” range from a winter storm that’s arriving tomorrow, and with cold temperatures to follow as well as additional snow possible on Friday, DOTI is preparing to deploy its big plows to the main streets and small plows to the residential streets on Tuesday when snow starts to accumulate,” according to the release.

Plows will “take a single pass down the center of each side street over the course of a 12-hour shift,” according to DOTI. “The small plows do not bring streets to bare pavement but can be helpful in creating a path to the main streets and preventing deep ice ruts from forming. The residential plows do not carry deicer.”

Up to 11 inches of snow expected

As much as 11 inches of snow may fall on Denver beginning Tuesday night, according to DOTI. “The snowfall amounts being predicted could result in challenging travel conditions and continuous plowing operations over multiple shifts.”

According to the news release, DOTI is closely monitoring the storm and keeping Mayor Michael Hancock apprised of developments. “Facing the possibility of another moisture-laden storm with even greater forecasted accumulations, I want to acknowledge the continuous efforts of our city’s snowplow drivers and assure Denverites we will be on the job to meet this next challenge that Mother Nature throws at us,” said Adam Phipps, Executive Director of Denver’s Department of Transportation, and Infrastructure.

DOTI reminds residents that Denver requires residents to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes. “After snow has stopped falling, businesses need to begin clearing their sidewalks immediately,” according to the news release. “Residents need to clear their sidewalks by the next day. Inspectors with Community Planning and Development leave a time-stamped notice at properties with un-shoveled sidewalks. After receiving a notice, businesses have four hours and residences have 24 hours before the inspector’s re-check and a potential $150 fine.”

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