Snow Plowing Guidelines

If there are any questions, please contact the Public Works Manager at 303-857-6694. It is the city’s job to work with citizens who have concerns about sanding and snow plowing.

City of Fort Lupton
 Snow/Ice Removal with Level Service Policy

I. PURPOSE

An ordinance to establish the policy and level of service with respect to the clearance of snow or ice and the maintenance of the City of Fort Lupton's secondary roads during the winter months. Be it enacted by the City Council for the City of Fort Lupton, Colorado.

A. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish The City of Fort Lupton policy and level of service with respect to the clearance of snow or ice and the maintenance of its secondary road system during the winter months

1. Winter months specifically defined as November through April.

2. Implementation of this Policy/Procedure will be accomplished by personnel of the City of Fort Lupton, Public Works Department.

II. LEVEL OF SERVICE

Clearance of snow or ice and maintenance of the secondary road system, during the winter months is primarily for the benefit of the local residents of the City of Fort Lupton.

A. Each storm has individual characteristics and must be dealt with accordingly.

1. The portion of the roadway improved for travel will have upon it from time to time snow and/or ice in loose to compacted conditions. These conditions may be continuous, or they may be more concentrated on hills, in valleys, curves, protected areas and/or intersections.

B. On occasion, City personnel may be rendered unavailable due to requirements if the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing act of 1991.

1. Except for "emergencies", as determined by the City Administrators professional judgment, or his/her designee, which will be considered on a case by case basis.

2. All clearance of snow, ice, sanding, salting, and other maintenance respecting winter conditions shall be accomplished within the amount of money available in the budget adopted by the City Council, taking in to the consideration the year-round needs and other legal obligations of the Department.

a. The City's existing snow removal equipment shall be utilized for this purpose.

3. The Colorado Department of Transportation is responsible for the sanding/plowing of State Highway 85 and portions of State Highway 52.

4. The City of Fort Lupton is responsible for the sanding/plowing of Denver Avenue and South Denver Avenue.

a. The entire width of the traveled portion of the road may not be cleared of all snow, ice, compacted snow and ice, or frost.

b. Snow cleared from that part of the roadway improved for travel shall be plowed to the center of the road by City crews.

c. The City will remove snow from Denver Avenue and South Denver Avenue within three {3) business days of snow event, snow can be expected to accumulate adjacent to the traveled portion of the roadway to the extent that a motorist's sight distance to both the left and right may be greatly reduced or impaired. The City shall not be responsible for snow pushed or otherwise placed in the roadway or shoulders by others.

5. Motorists shall drive their vehicles during these conditions with additional caution and watchfulness, especially with respect to the surface of the roadway and to reduced or impaired visibility, and are advised to reduce their speed at least twenty five {25) miles per hour below that legally permitted or advised under normal conditions.

a. With respect to roadways that have only one lane open, further caution and watchfulness should be exercised by the motorist, and their speed should not exceed ten {10) miles per hour.

b. During these conditions, no additional warning or regulatory signs will be placed warning of impaired sight distances, visibility at intersections, road blockages, one-lane conditions, or that the road surface is slick or slippery or what the advised speed should be.

Ill. SEQUENCE OF SERVICE

In the implementation of snow and ice removal and other maintenance of the City's secondary road system during the winter months, the City Administrator, or his/her designated representatives, shall assign operators and equipment to snow and ice control operations, select the actual sequence of roads to be cleared as provided for in this Section, and determine when drifting, wind velocity, additional snow, or snowstorms require that operations be temporarily suspended, or that additional clearance of paved routes be accomplished prior to the clearance of gravel and dirt roads. The City Administrator's, professional judgment, or his/her designee's, shall prevail, unless it is clearly erroneous.

A. Paved Roads

1. First propriety for snow removal and ice control are as follows. Streets adjacent to public facilities such as Police Department, Fire Department, City Hall, and RE-8 School district. During any snow events, routes may be sanded or plowed at the request of emergency personnel due to life threatening emergencies.

2. Snow events under four (4) inches, the City will sand/plow the heavily travelled intersections and railroad crossings. Generally snow will not be plowed for light snow events.

3. Snow events over six (6) inches, after the first and secondary streets have been cleared, the City will begin to sand/plow the remaining streets throughout the City.

4. Snow removal and ice control operations will normally be carried out between the hours of 7:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Operations outside these hours or on weekends or holidays may be authorized; but only on a 'storm by storm' basis, and only if it is determined that such works is likely to be productive.

5. The initial snow removal efforts will be to open all routes to two lane traffic as soon as possible and/or practicable. During initial snow removal operations, paved roads may only have one lane plowed for a period of time.

6. Clearing of shoulders and intersections will not begin until operators and equipment become available for these purposes after two lane travel has been achieved and will be done during normal working hours.

7. Units will not be operated when snow and/or blowing snow reduces visibility to hazardous levels or when snow drifts are forming faster than they can be removed.

8. It is not the policy of the City to provide a "dry" pavement condition.

9. The City has four (4) snow routes, once City crews have cleared the priority area's they will break up into their assigned routes and make at least one pass through every street to allow safe access to each roadway. City crews will open all roadway~ when snow event has finished within three (3) business days.

B. Granular (rock) Surfaced Roads.

1. Ice control (sand or stone) will not normally be applied to rock roads. If in the judgment of the City Administrator, or his/her designee, an "emergency" exi sts and ice has built up on hills and intersections on the rock ro ad system so as to become dangerous, abrasive material may be applied at these locations as crew and equipment availability allows and only as a last resort. This condition will not, under any circumstances, take a higher priority than placing of ice control material on the paved road system and will only be done after the paved roads are cleared of ice and snow. Abrasive material will only be placed after other mechanical means have been tried and failed, such as scraping with motor graders.

2. Snow removal and ice control operations will normally be carried out between the hours of 7:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Operations outside of these hours or on weekends or holidays may be authorized; but only on a 'storm by storm' basis and only if it is determined that such work is likely to be productive.

3. The initial snow removal effort will be to provide at least one lane of access from one direction to all residences.

4. Widening to two way travel and clearing of shoulders and intersections will not begin until operators and equipment become available for these purposes after one way travel has been achieved and will be done during normal working hours.

5. Units will not be operated when snow and blowing snow reduces visibility to hazardous levels or when snow drifts are forming faster than they can be removed.

C. Alleys

1. Snow will not normally be removed from alleys.

2. If snow is removed, it will be a last priority, or for emergencies.

D. Private Drives

1. Snow removal operations may result in snow being deposited in entrances to private drives. The City shall not be responsible for removing such deposits nor for any snow removal operations with respect to private drives and entrances. Snow removed from private drives by City residents shall not be placed on the roadways or shoulders.

E. Time Limitations- All Operations

1. There is no time limit, after a snowstorm, on any of the above described snow removal and ice control operations. They will be accomplished as rapidly as weather and budgetary constraints allow with no commitment, either expressed or implied, to have any single operation or combination of operations accomplished within a particular time period.

IV. LIMITATION OF SERVICE

The policy and level of service provided in this Policy/Procedure shall not include, and the following services shall not be performed:

A. Placing of additional signs or other traffic control devices related to impaired sight distances, restricted visibility at intersections, road blockages, one-lane conditions, slick or slippery road surfaces, or advised travel speed.

V. EMERGENCY CONDITIONS

The sequence of service stated in Section Ill may be superseded during "Emergency" conditions. An "Emergency" condition shall be considered as one where a loss of human life is probable, a serious injury or illness has occurred which requires a physician's immediate attention, or extensive loss of property is imminent.

A. An "Emergency" request from a physician, fire department, ambulance service, police department or sheriff's office will be or after a snowstorm. "Emergency" requests from individuals should be verifiable as such and once confirmed will also be honored either during or after a snowstorm.

1. Such requests should be made to the City Administrator or his/her designee. Office, 303-857-6694, during the hours between 8:00AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Outside these hours, contact the City of Fort Lupton Police Department office (911 or 303-857-4011}, City or County ambulance, Fire and Police Departments have lists of individuals to contact outside normal working hours should they need "Emergency" assistance.

2. Requests from individuals for consideration of non-emergency but 'out of the ordinary' needs, such as funerals, should be made to the City Administrator Office during the hours between 8:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The provisions of this Policy/Procedure shall be suspended in the event the Governor, by proclamation, implements the State disaster plan, or the Mayor of the City Council, by proclamation, implements the City's disaster plan. If either occurs, the City personnel and equipment shall be immediately subject to the direction of the Governor or the Mayor of the City Council.

VI. DAMAGE TO PRIVATE POLICY

A. The City's obligation to remove snow and/or ice from the roadways of the secondary road system takes precedence over accidental damage to privately owned fences, gates and abandoned or stranded vehicles.

1. Reasonable care will be used to avoid damage to private property; but due to the conditions of winter, the City assumes no liability in the event of damage unless it can be established that operator negligence was the primary reason for the damage.

B. In general, privately owned vehicles that are stuck on the normally traveled portion of the roadway will not be moved. The owner will be notified when a way to the vehicle has been opened and that it is to be removed.

1. If City equipment cannot get around a stuck vehicle, it may be moved far enough to allow the equipment to pass. Again, no liability for any damages is assumed unless negligence can be established.

2 Stranded motorists will be offered a ride to the most readily available place of shelter.

VII. NO PARKING ON SNOW COVERED STREETS; EXCEPTIONS; SNOW PARKING VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.

1. It is the purpose and intent of this section, in the interest of the public safety and the general welfare of the City of Fort Lupton and efficiently and expeditiously as possible after a snow event.

2. Notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, no person shall park a vehicle upon either side of any public street whenever or allow any portion of a vehicle to extend into the roadway when any accumulation of snow has completely covered the roadway and obstructs road marking, such that the street will need to be plowed.

3. The above parking prohibition shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased and until the streets within the City have been plowed.

4. As used in this section the term "snow" shall mean any precipitation depositing any accumulation on the public streets of the City of Fort Lupton requiring plowing, including without limitation, snow, sleet, hail or ice.

5. Regulatory and warning sign in accordance with this Policy/Procedure shall be erected and maintained at major street entrances to the City for motor vehicles. Signs for exempt streets shall be posted as applicable. Notice of said parking prohibition shall be deemed adequate when posted on the City of Fort Lupton's website.

6. Vehicles displaying a valid handicap placard or having handicap license plates otherwise legally parked shall be permitted to remain parked without violating this section notwithstanding the declaration of a snow emergency.

7. On streets where overnight parking is allowed, parking shall be prohibited between the hours of 2:00AM and 7:00AM.

8. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction be punished in accordance to Fort Lupton Municipal Code (Chapter 1 Article IV Section 1-72 and Chapter 1 Article IV Section 1-73}, and as the Municipal Judge may determine.

VIII. CITY RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT.

1. It shall be unlawful for any owner, or the agent or the tenant of such owner, of any lot, block or parcel of land within the City to allow any snow, sleet, ice, dirt, debris or any other obstruction to accumulate or to remain upon any sidewalk adjoining such lot, block or parcel of land within the City, longer than twenty-four (24) hours from the time of the last accretion of such snow, sleet, ice, dirt, debris or other obstruction.

2. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction be punished in accordance to Fort Lupton Municipal Code (Chapter 1 Article IV Section 1-72 and Chapter 1 Article IV Section 1-73), and as the Municipal Judge
may determine. The City Administrator may waive removal time requirements on a case by case basis related to valid hardship and circumstances.