Clearing snow, ice on PW roads
Last week, many drivers found themselves traveling slower than normal.
The first “real” snow of the year dropped around six inches of white mayhem around Pueblo West, icing up streets and delaying travel.
Some residents raised concerns about some roads that hadn’t been cleared after the storm blew through town, some saying the conditons were “disgusting.”
But according to the Pueblo West Metropolitan District, the Pueblo Works Department is ready to “clear snow and treat ice on roadways throughout the district,” said Jay-Michael S. Baker, community engagement manager for the Pueblo West Metropolitan District.
“Pueblo West Metropolitan District’s Streets and Roads department has a comprehensive system in place that aims to maintain traffic and safety in times of inclement weather,” Baker said.
“Even before a winter storm hits, streets and roads division crews are preparing and the snow plow drivers are on stand-by.”
When the storm hit, residents said they were left a little baffled the following day with ice pack still on main roadways and more delays.
“Pueblo West Public Works plowed and sanded high traffic roads first,” Baker told a resident via the Facebook site, “I Live in Pueblo West.” “Due to the extreme cold and lighter traffic, these roadways will take time to melt and clear. Please continue to use caution when traveling throughout Pueblo West, and the entire region.”
In a news release issued by the Pueblo West Metropolitan District, “Pueblo West has a formal Snow and Ice Control Priority Plan, and as the name would suggest, particular areas of Pueblo West are divided into four differing ‘priority routes’ whose overall importance to the flow of traffic and safety determine the order in which they are addressed.”
However, any emergencies involving human life and safety take precedent above all other situations, with the different road priorities, school bus routes, and other problematic roadways being addressed in that order.
Priority one routes are major arterials and roads that provide access to emergency service facilities such as fire stations, the news release said.
These streets are kept open to provide access to these types of facilities in case of emergencies.
In a snowstorm, these routes are the first to be cleared and District crews ensure that they are kept clear for the duration of hazardous weather conditions.
Priority one routes consist of Purcell Boulevard, McCulloch Boulevard, Industrial Boulevard, and Platteville Boulevard.
Priority two routes are major and minor arterials, major collector streets and roads that access schools, business areas, grocery stores and service stations, the news release said.
These routes are cleared after the Priority one streets have been cleared. Some of the major priority two routes include Hahns Peak Avenue, Spaulding Avenue, and John Powell Boulevard.
“Priority three routes are all other collector roads,” Baker said.
“These routes are cleared after all priority one and two routes have been cleared.”
Priority four routes include all minor roads that mainly consist of residential streets. Residential streets are only plowed and/or sanded when extreme weather conditions render them impassable.
Those with medical conditions that limit the ability to travel in hazardous weather can contact the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, who will coordinate with the Streets and Roads Division to make sure that the residence in question is accessible.
If deemed necessary, the residence will be addressed after the above-mentioned priorities have been completed.