Denver to plow side streets as snowstorm may drop up to 12 inches

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Denver is planning to plow side streets during the sizeable winter storm expected to blanket the city in a fresh coat of snow starting Tuesday afternoon.

The pledge comes a few weeks after side streets in the city went unplowed following a major storm leaving sheets of ice remaining in some places weeks later.

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on Monday announced that its working plan for the incoming storm involves activating that city’s fleet of 36 pickup trucks with plows on them to address residential and side streets.

Over the course of a 12-hour shift, those plows will be able to make one pass down the center of each side street, according to the public works department. That work is expected to begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday but the city is keeping tabs on the forecast and could adjust that plan, spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn said.

The National Weather Service is calling for a snowstorm that could drop 4 to 8 of snow on Denver from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Some areas, especially those that are east of Interstate 25, could get as much as 10 to 12 inches, according to the weather service’s outlook.

The city is prioritizing residential plowing for this storm because of the high snowfall totals and the cold temperatures in the forecast for the rest of the week with more snow possible on Friday, officials said.

“Facing the possibility of another moisture-laden storm with even greater forecasted accumulations, I want to acknowledge the continuous efforts of our city’s snowplow drivers and assure Denverites we will be on the job to meet this next challenge that Mother Nature throws at us,” Adam Phipps, the department’s executive director, said in a statement.

Unlike the city’s primary fleet of large plows, the smaller pickups do not carry deicing materials. They also do night clear streets down to the bare pavement level. Instead, they are meant to clear a manageable path to collector and main streets and prevent deep ice ruts from forming, according to city officials.

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