With Snow...Comes Snow Removal


With Snow...Comes Snow Removal


Durango, CO - Cooperation from the community is essential to the effective removal of snow from City streets.  While we are enjoying the snow and everything it brings to the city, residents and businesses are reminded to remove snow from public sidewalks abutting their property.  City Code states that property occupants are required to remove all snow and ice from all public sidewalks abutting their property within 24 hours after it stops snowing.  Snow from private parking lots, private driveways and private sidewalks may not be placed in the street.  Prompt removal of the snow is important for the safety of residents and especially for children walking to school. 


When snow is forecasted, the City's snow removal team is on-call.  During snowstorms, plowing and sanding is done around the clock, but much of the plowing is done at night when there is less traffic. Per City Code, cars parked on city streets are required to be moved every 24 hours.  During the winter snow months, it is particularly important that cars be moved to allow for effective snow removal.  Residents are asked to move their cars to an area that has already been plowed.  Vehicles that are not moved are subject to towing at the owner's expense.


Certain high-traffic streets throughout the city are designated snow routes and are marked with snow route signs.  To determine if you live or work on a snow route, please visit our new interactive map at  Parking is allowed on snow routes, however, when snow starts to accumulate, a Red Alert may be declared.  A Red Alert is a state of emergency requiring vehicles to be removed from certain city streets so that the snow accumulation can be removed. When a Red Alert is declared, parking is prohibited on the snow routes, and any vehicle parked on a designated snow route may be towed at the owner's expense.  Residents may find out if a Red Alert has been declared by listening to the local radio stations, watching City Span 10, visiting the City's website (www.durangogov.org) or by calling the 24-hour Snow Hotline at 375-4646 for a pre-recorded message.


To report icy conditions after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, please call the Durango/La Plata Emergency Communications Center's non-emergency number, 385-2900. For more information about the snow removal program, please call the Public Works Department, 375-4800.