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The Road and Bridge crews are getting ready for another winter in Routt County.
We are stockpiling our scoria and giving all the plows a final maintenance once over to be ready do battle with the elements this winter.
There are no changes to the plowing program this year, and crews will continue to head out on one plow shift from 3:00 a.m. to noon if there is more than 4 to 6 inches of snow on the road. The earlier shift times are designed to maximize our plow efforts with minimal impact to traffic. If less than 4 to 6 inches of snow accumulates, a limited crew may come in to plow and sand the paved roads only starting at 6:00 a.m.
There is generally no plowing between 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., so please take the necessary safeguards and use extra caution during afternoon and evening storms when plows are not out. The County crews do plow on weekends and holidays following the same shifts as during the week if there is more than 4 to 6 inches of snow.
Across Routt County there is considerable variability in snowfall due to differing weather patterns, elevation and terrain. Each of the three (3) maintenance districts (Steamboat, Hayden and Oak Creek) makes the call to plow based on conditions in their area. In addition to County crews, private contractors may be out on the roads. Private contractors plow private streets and obtain a permit to plow non-county maintained roads. These varying factors are why plow crews may be out on some routes and not others.
Please help us keep your roads clear by:
1. Plowing driveway snow onto your lot and not into the road; it is illegal to plow snow into the road.
2. Do not plow snow across the road. It is illegal to do and it creates dangerous situations for our plow drivers.
3. Keeping vehicles, trailers, etc. parked out of the right-of-way;
4. Keeping trash and recycle cans in the driveway and out of the road;
5. Yielding to snow plows; please “Don’t crowd the plow.” The safest road is the one behind the plow. A snowplow with its warning lights on needs to be treated with the same respect as emergency vehicles, and
6. Slowing down and staying alert to changing road conditions. Drive a speed that is allowed by conditions.
The crews are out there working in bad weather conditions to make the roads safe for your travel. Please follow the above guidelines and help us all have a safe winter.
Should you have any questions, please call the Road & Bridge Department at (970) 870-5552.