Snow Removal

Snow plow

The city's Public Works Department is geared up for the winter season with its snow and ice-control program. During a snow storm, the goal is to clear Priority 1 streets first. Once all Priority 1 streets are considered passable, crews begin plowing and de-icing Priority 2 streets. If Littleton receives six or more inches of snow, crews will plow down the center of residential streets when all Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets are clear.

The city's preparedness includes:

  • 7 snowplow/sanders and one reserve truck;
  • A large motor grader, one front-end loader and two backhoes for cutting ice and significant snow accumulations;
  • GPS NAV systems in all trucks to assist drivers on Priority 1 and Priority 2 routes;
  • 2,000 tons of Ice Slicer, 10,000 gallons of magnesium chloride (MgCl2);
  • 16 operators trained and available 24/7 for snow call-outs;
  • 9 employees from the department's Grounds Division for clearing city-owned sidewalks and parking lots.

The Colorado Department of Transportation manages snow and ice control on Santa Fe Drive, Belleview Avenue (east of Federal Boulevard), Platte Canyon Road and C-470.

For pedestrians safety, residents and businesses are required to remove snow from sidewalks and other public right-of-ways on their property (including RTD bus stops) within 24 hours after snow fall has ended.

Snow route priority map (larger image)(PDF, 2MB)

Snow routes 2012