Archuleta County sets winter plowing policy

Archuleta County Road and Bridge Department has released information regarding snow removal operations for the winter of 2008 – 2009.

The Road and Bridge Department plows approximately 340 miles of roads.

County roads are categorized on a priority basis. Roads with the higher priorities are plowed first — such as school bus routes.

Remaining roads are plowed based on priority and route efficiencies. Both Primary and Secondary roads will be plowed. Hills are sanded for safety as required.

Normal circumstances

Typically, plowing operations begin when there is snowfall accumulation in excess of 4 inches. On days without snow, crews will clean up and push back snow on routes, as needed. Not all roads will receive attention on those days.

On regular working days plowing operations typically begin at 2 a.m.

Weekends and extended shift plowing will take place under the direction of the Road and Bridge superintendent.

Extreme circumstances

County roads may not receive same day snow removal.

First priority roads will be plowed and kept open on extreme snow days.

Lower priority roads may not receive attention on those days.