Snow Removal

Enter your address in the search box on far right hand side of this County Snowplow Roads Map to find out if you are on a Public Works or Special Districts maintained Road.

For Public Works Maintained Road Requests:

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If you would like us to treat your complaint confidentially, we will respect your request, but still have the option to contact you for further information and/or to update you with the status of your request. If you wish to remain anonymous, comments cannot be fully investigated due to lack of ability for clarification of comments (if needed) but will be investigated as much as possible with details provided. Thank you.

For Special Districts Maintained Road Requests:

Special Districts Road Request

General Information

Snow removal operations are part of the County road budget which is financed through our share of State allocations from gasoline sales taxes and vehicle registration fees. Over 2,800 miles of County roads must be maintained throughout the year with these rather limited funds.

The necessity for serving mountain area residents in a comparatively short, but devastating snow season can seriously affect the road maintenance program for the entire County. We ask your patience and understanding during these times.

Remember that the snow operators make multiple passes to fully open the roads.  The following is the progression of the openings:

  • Passable: Less than 8″ of snow on road. Open to travel with properly equipped vehicle. (Chains on all drive wheels.)
  • Open:  Plow has made at least one pass on road.
  • Clear:   Plow has made at least two passes on road. Plowed to maximum width to allow two-way traffic.

Please wait until at least two passes before shoveling your driveway and when shoveling, shovel from left to right as you face the street. 

During large events, primary roads are first priority over secondary roads. The first course of action during these large events is to open primary roads with one pass, to provide access for emergency personnel. Full width and secondary roads will be completed within 48 hours.

Cinders are not placed on every road and are not a substitute for cautious driving, chains, snow tires, and properly equipped vehicles.  See “Snow Removal Guide” below for further information. 

Snow Removal Guide
Snow Removal FAQ

Snow Removal Guidelines

Transportation – Completion after the storm

Depth of Snow During StormApproximate Time to Complete the open and passable phase (clear phase which includes widening, will continue after the hours indicated below)
0” through 10”24 hours
10 ½” through 20” 36 hours
20 ½” through 30”48 hours
30 ½” through 40”72 hours
40 ½” and up96 hours

Special Districts – Plowing Schedule

Depth of Snow During StormSnow Plowing Schedule to Open road
2” – 3”Plows are activated
2” – 8”Every 8 Hours
8” – 20”Every 12 Hours
Greater than 20”Every 24 Hours
Clean Up, Widening and Berm RemovalWithin 24 hours after the storm is over