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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Snow Removal Policies and Reminders

Snow in the median being loaded onto a dump truck

Montrose, CO – In the aftermath of winter storms, the City of Montrose reminds residents and business owners to help keep themselves and others safe by following the local snow removal policies that were updated in 2023.

Changes to the city's laws for the removal of snow and ice impact the responsibilities of property owners, occupants, and contractors. A summary of the changes is shown below:

Clarifications on the Depositing of Snow

The new ordinance explicitly forbids:

  • Depositing snow or ice against any fire hydrant, traffic control device, or appurtenance.
  • Depositing snow or ice on any sidewalk, street, public transportation loading/unloading area, or designated emergency access lane.
  • Deposited snow or ice to interfere with the safe flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic or obstruct roadway drainage in any way.

All snow removed from private property is to be deposited on that property and cannot be deposited within the city right-of-way. Snow removed from within the right-of-way may be deposited in a designated snow storage area, such as the boulevard between the sidewalk and curb line. If you are removing snow from the right-of-way, please contact the Streets Division at 970-240-1443 to determine where snow should be placed.

Snow Removal Timeframe

Under the new ordinance, sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after any snowfall, sleet, or freezing rain. If a violation continues after 24 hours of a written notice, it may result in an abatement at the property owner's expense. 

Safety Precautions if Snow Can't Be Removed

If snow and ice cannot be safely removed from a sidewalk, enough sand or another abrasive must be placed on the sidewalk to ensure safe travel within 24 hours after snowfall.

Unattended Vehicles Interfering with Snow Removal

For the safety and efficiency of snow removal operations, vehicles left on city streets that might obstruct the process are kindly asked to be relocated. In instances where they significantly impede snow removal or threaten safety, the vehicle may be relocated without notice. This is purely to ensure everyone's safety and to allow for effective clearing of roads.

Downtown Snow Removal

Whenever snow accumulation is expected, citizens should avoid parking in the downtown area to accommodate snow removal operations. City personnel will install cones and signage at available parking spots to dispose of snow from sidewalk areas and immediately push snow to the end of the block. Snow removal/hauling operations will not commence until other snowplowing procedures have been completed. Snow removal operations may also be delayed depending on weather conditions and personnel availability.

Visit CityofMontrose.org/Snow to view the “Snow Routes Map” and obtain further information about specific street priorities and the city’s snow removal policies and procedures.

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