Town snow removal guidelines

In preparation of the upcoming winter season, the Town of Pagosa Springs provides this information to residents and business owners regarding proper snow removal etiquette and responsibilities.

The Town plows 30 miles of streets and roads and is asking for everyone’s cooperation so proper and efficient street maintenance can be accomplished.

The goal is to provide snow removal in a timely manner to facilitate safe traffic flow for drivers.

The time required to clear snow and ice from roads varies depending on the following conditions: snowstorm intensity and duration; water content of snow; temperature; traffic conditions; and time of day.

Because of these variables, the town crews may not be able to plow or sand roads at the same time each day or, on occasion, even the same day of the storm.

Citizen responsibilities

• Remember, it is unlawful to push or throw snow onto or across roadways.

• Your snow must be disposed of on your own property.

• It is unlawful to put snow on any public or private property or right of way.

• It is the property owner’s responsibility to provide snow and ice removal on sidewalks abutting their property by noon the day following the storm.

• Trash carts should be placed in the driveway, a minimum of 5 feet behind the front of the snow berm to minimize the possibility of being knocked over by a plow. Trash carts knocked over are the residents responsibility.

• It is the resident’s responsibility to remove the snow berm left from street plowing. Reasonable efforts are made to minimize the berm left behind.

• If you have an emergency, call 911.

What you can do to help

• Do not park along snow routes. Parking problems are compounded by winter snow and a little extra care should be taken to avoid them.

• Parking along U.S. 160 between 2-6 a.m. is prohibited; this includes Pagosa Street through the downtown area.

• Do not attempt to stop a snowplow or obstruct its path. Plows must maintain speed for maximum efficiency.

• When approaching a plow from the rear, travel a minimum distance of 200 feet, allowing for scattering of sand and abrupt movements.

• Use extreme caution when passing snow removal equipment. Before you pass, please honk your horn and flash your lights to alert the operator you intend to pass.

• Equipment operators often work long hours under trying conditions. Be a courteous and friendly driver around them — help them help you.

• Be patient. Be assured that during a snowstorm, every reasonable effort will be made to keep roadways open. All available personnel will be on the road during major snow storms.

• Town officials field many complaints from adjoining property owners regarding a neighbor moving snow onto their property. Ask for permission first; most are upset that this was done without a request, and they usually state, “If only they would have asked, I would have said yes.”

Questions may be directed to the code enforcement officer at 264-4151, Ext. 225.

More information is available on the Town of Pagosa Springs Web site, www.townofpagosasprings.com.