With snowfall expected in Parker in the coming days, please take the time to review the Town's snow plowing priority system, as well as tips on dealing with travel in inclement weather.
It is the Town’s goal to provide the best snow service possible within the constraints of budget, personnel and available equipment. Keep in mind that Parker Road/State Highway 83 is maintained and plowed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), rather than the Town.
Snow Operations Policy
Although the Public Works Department has a snow plowing priority system in place, the time required to clear the roads depends on several variables such as the snowstorm intensity, duration, wind and the temperature. The Town of Parker sees approximately six feet of snow during an average snow season which is typically spread over several dozen snow events. Arterial roadways are our first priority and will be cleared first. These are the major roadways that carry the most traffic volume, such as Stroh Road, Hess Road, 20 Mile Road, Cottonwood Drive, Canterberry Parkway, Lincoln Avenue, Jordan Road, Pine Drive, Hilltop Road and Mainstreet.
Collector streets, including but not limited to Dransfeldt, Riva Ridge, Motsenbocker, J. Morgan, Nate, Bradbury Parkway, Clark Farms Drive, Pine Lane, Apache Plume, Crown Crest Boulevard, Tallman, Omaha and Canterberry Trail, are our second priority. These are streets that provide access to the arterial roadways. They will be cleared once the arterial roadways have been plowed.
School bus routes not already plowed under the second priority are our third priority and will be plowed when accumulation exceeds three inches. Per Town Council policy, local residential roads and cul-de-sacs that provide traffic flow within subdivisions and access to homes are not plowed unless 10 inches or more snow has fallen or if major drifting has occurred. Snow depths are determined by the National Weather Service reporting within the Town limits. When residential streets are plowed, only approximately an 18 to 20 foot-wide path will be cleared.
The following tips will help you prepare for inclement weather and allow the Town to do its job more quickly and efficiently:
* Park your vehicles off of the street when it snows. This keeps your vehicle from being plowed in, protects it from passing vehicles and gives snow plows more space to maneuver.
* Avoid shoveling or blowing snow into the street. If your street is plowed, some snow will get back on your driveway and we understand that this can be frustrating. You can help by shoveling snow from sidewalks or driveways into your yard as any snow placed in the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a passing snow plow. Plus, it is free water for your landscaping! In addition, snow placed in the gutter may cause icing issues.
* Stay at home if possible and avoid the stress of driving in poor weather conditions. Every car left at home reduces the number of potentially stranded vehicles which can slow down plowing operations. When there are fewer vehicles operating on the roadways, the quicker the streets can be cleared.
* Keep children out of the street. Remind your children to avoid playing on snow piled on the road or in cul-de-sacs. Equipment operators may not see children playing due to low visibility or other causes.
* Shovel your sidewalks! Don’t forget to shovel all sidewalks on your property when the snow stops falling. Snow left on walks turns into ice and makes for hazardous walking conditions for you and your neighbors. Don’t shovel snow into the gutter as it may cause icing issues.
* When driving near a snow plow, please slow down and use caution. If you cannot see the snow plow’s mirrors, the driver probably cannot see you. Give plow drivers plenty of room so they can do their job efficiently and safely.
For more information on the Town’s snow policy, call Public Works at 303.840.9546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A map of the Town’s snow routes is available online at www.ParkerOnline.org/Snow-Priority-System.