The Road and Bridge Department performs snow removal on approximately 260 miles of road. Maintenance consists primarily of plowing and sanding, but also includes road surface patching and sign maintenance. Maintained roads are located primarily in rural areas but also include roads in many unincorporated subdivisions.
Roads are categorized on a priority basis and the roads with the higher priorities are plowed first such as school bus routes and access to emergency services. Although the snow removal crews normally begin clearing the roads around 3 a.m., some of the lower priority roads such as cul-de-sacs may not be cleared until later in the morning.
- Open the roads by plowing and sanding
- Return later to clean up, widen, and sand again if necessary.
- General sanding of bus stops, intersections, and hills.
- School bus routes, major arterials including mail routes and access to emergency services
- Residential collector streets and access to schools and business areas
- Residential collector streets and streets providing access to arterials
- Non-priority roadways: local, residential and other streets not specifically identified in the priority system. Except for emergency situations, equipment will not be directed to non-priority streets until all priority one, two, and three roadways have been cleared. Additional priorities have been established for intersections, hills, and other problem areas.
Snowplow Know-How: Tips for coping with the winter snow removal season
- Snow removal crews begin work in the very early morning; usually 3 to 4 a.m. and continue until all routes are complete. The crews are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- School bus and emergency routes (priority one roads) are plowed first. Side streets or residential collector streets, school and business access, and lesser-traveled streets such as cul-de-sacs are plowed next (priority two and three roads). Depending on weather conditions, it may be later in the day before the priority two and priority three roads are plowed.
- Use patience with the snow removal process and drive with caution around equipment.
- Educate children about the dangers of playing near snow removal equipment and discourage the building of forts or caves in snow banks.
- Wear reflective clothing if you are jogging or walking along a road in darkness.
- Wait to shovel driveways until after the snowplows have finished and do not put snow or any other debris in the roadway. (Colorado Revised Statute section 18-9-107).
- Wait to place trash cans out for pick-up until snowplows are finished, and retrieve them as soon as possible after they are emptied.
- Be aware that it is illegal to park on county-maintained roads or in the county road right-of-way.
- The county right-of-way normally extends approximately ten feet off the edge of the road which generally extends into the property owner’s landscaping. The right-of-way is intended to be used for snow storage, so it is therefore not recommended that any valuable landscaping be placed within this area. Plantings and other valuable landscaping items may be damaged by snow removal equipment and the weight of the snow. It is the responsibility of the property owner to repair and maintain landscaping within the right-of-way.
Complaints, concerns, or suggestions may be directed to the Eagle County Road and Bridge Department at 970-328-3540.
Other Snow Removal Information
- Eagle County Road and Bridge performs snow removal with the use of snowplows and a sand /salt mixture for vehicle traction. The sand and salt is mixed at a ratio of 95 percent sand to 5 percent salt. The salt is added primarily to aid in the prevention of the sand stockpiles from freezing solid but also acts as a de-icer. Eagle County Road and Bridge does not use magnesium chloride as a de-icer on the roads in the winter.
- Eagle County Road and Bridge snowplows are white trucks with blue stripes, not to be confused with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) orange trucks.
- A common misconception is that Eagle County Road and Bridge maintains Colorado Highway 6 and Interstate 70 which are actually the responsibility of CDOT. For information on road conditions see the CDOT website.
- Eagle County uses a variety of snow removal equipment from large motor graders and loaders to pickup-sized plows and skid-steer loaders.
- All of the Eagle County snow removal equipment has the Eagle County logo on the vehicle.