Snow and Ice
Snow and Ice Removal
Plow priorities, removal responsibilities and snow tips for residents
In Colorado, winter weather is inevitable. The City of Castle Pines Public Works Department is responsible for snow and ice removal on public streets within the City, which includes 106 lane miles of roadway and 127 cul-de-sacs. Roads outside of the city’s boundaries are the responsibility of Douglas County.
Additionally, one major state highway, I-25, passes through Castle Pines which is maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
City staff and plow operators plan in advance for first snowfall. When snow is predicted, snow removal personnel report for duty and are assigned designated snow routes ahead of time. However, every snow event is different and we regularly make adjustments to our snow removal operations based on the changing weather conditions and any requests for access from emergency or police services.
Track Our Plows
Keep tabs on the City's snow plows with our interactive map below that shows the recent locations of our fleet. Castle Pines has implemented an Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system to assist in tracking the larger plows during snow removal operations.
We maintain our public streets in the following order:
- Priority 1 - Arterial roadways. These streets are the City’s primary access roads and provide critical connections throughout the community, including access to school zones, major office areas or designated emergency routes. Priority 1 streets are the first to be cleared during a snowstorm and only after they are considered safe and passable will plow operators and equipment move to Priority 2 roads. Examples include Castle Pines Parkway, Monarch Boulevard, Lagae Road, Mira Vista Lane and Buffalo Trail.
- Priority 2 - Collector roadways: These are streets that provide primary access into and out of residential areas. Examples include Daniels Gate Road/Grigs Road, Buffalo Trail, Hidden Point Boulevard, Crossing Circle, Yorkshire Drive, Oxford Drive and Shoreham Drive.
- Priority 3 - Local roadways: When Priority 1 and 2 streets are passable, these smaller residential streets, cul-de-sacs and all other streets will be plowed.
Snow Tips for Residents
- Citizen responsibilities during and after snowstorms include shoveling sidewalks, snow placement, and vehicle removal.
- For safety reasons, the City and Douglas County require residents and business owners to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall ends. Areas around school bus stops, fire hydrants, power boxes and storm drains must be kept clear and accessible.
- Whenever possible, avoid parking vehicles on City streets during a snow or ice storm—they can prevent access to plows and hinder the City’s efforts to remove snow.
- Wait to shovel sidewalks and driveway entrances until after a plow has been through to avoid re-shoveling redistributed snow.
- Shovel snow into your yard, not onto the roadway. This provides needed moisture to your plants and grass and reduces snow and ice build-up in the street and gutter.
- Use caution when driving near a snowplow.
All severe winter storm reports and updates will be posted on the City’s website and shared through the City’s email distribution system. During a snow event, the City of Castle Pines will share timely updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Snow removal responsibility
The City maintains all public streets, and contracts with Colorado Designscapes for snow removal services. Privately maintained streets are the responsibility of the local homeowners association.
Areas not maintained by the City include:
- Amber Ridge
- Buffalo Ridge
- Canterbury Park
- Castle Pointe
- Coyote Crossing
- The Crossings
- Daniel’s Ridge
- Forest Park
- Turquoise Terrace
- Whisper Canyon
Heavy snow, continuous freeze-thaw cycles and prolonged cold temperatures can cause ice buildup on streets and in gutters. When this occurs, City crews will address these on the same street priority level identified for snow removal, depending on the availability of personnel and equipment.
Products Used on Road Surfaces:
Castle Pines utilizes Ice-Slicer, a naturally mined product out of Utah, for the standard de-icing product. Granular deicers are applied to melt snow and ice whenever present. Based on the criteria set forth by the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) the City of Castle Pines does not employ the use of sand in their snow fighting operations. This strategy supports the reduction of the brown cloud.