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Posted on: January 1, 2020

Winter Conditions Are Here; What To Expect This Year

Winter Conditions Are Here What To Expect This Year

Routt County, Colorado – County Road and Bridge crews are responsible for clearing County-owned roads when a snowstorm hits. Staff plans far in advance of any storm and has policies in place to effectively and safely clear the 1,300 lane miles of roadway that the County’s Road and Bridge Department maintains in the winter.

Snow plow operation guidelines:

The County continues to be responsive to weather conditions and provide high-quality road maintenance services to the community. There are no changes to the plowing program for the 2019/2020 snow season. When there is more than 4 to 6 inches of snow on the road, crews will begin plow operations and work from 3:00 a.m. to noon. 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 accumulate, a reduced crew may come in to plow and sand the paved roads 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 in operation. County crews will plow on weekends and holidays following the same shift schedule 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) make 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.

How you can help:

Plow driveway snow onto your lot and not into the road; it is illegal to plow snow into the road.

Do not plow snow across the road. It is illegal to do and it creates dangerous situations for our plow drivers.

Keep vehicles, trailers, etc. parked out of the right-of-way.

Keep trash and recycling cans in the driveway and out of the road.

Yield to snow plows, please! The safest road is the one behind the plow. A snow plow with its warning lights on needs to be treated with the same respect as emergency vehicles.

Slow down and stay alert to changing road conditions. Drive a speed that is safe for conditions.

Our dedicated crews are working in difficult 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 Routt County Road & Bridge Department at (970) 870-5552 or the Routt County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 879-1090.

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