Commerce City Public Works uses 11 plow trucks to conduct snow removal operations on nearly 280 lane miles of roadway. Some roads within the city are maintained by Adams County, while major highways such as U.S. 85 and Interstates 76 and 270 are maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Removing snow from parking lots, sidewalks and trails on city property is handled by the Parks, Recreation and Golf Department.
Snow Removal Plan
The city’s snow removal plan classifies storms into three categories based on severity and prioritizes city streets on four levels based on traffic volume and importance to emergency personnel. Major arterials such as Quebec Parkway and E. 104th Avenue are cleared first, followed by collector streets that complete the city transportation network and allow access to schools. Residential streets are typically plowed only when excessive snow makes them effectively impassable. Plowing usually begins after 2 inches of snow accumulates unless storm conditions warrant a different approach.
The city’s snow route map shows the priority level of each street maintained by the city and illustrates which streets are maintained by CDOT, Adams County and the E-470 Authority.
Call the city's weather emergency hotline at 303-227-8776 for updates on city operations and facility closures.
Be a Good Neighbor: Clear Your Sidewalk
Residents play an important part in snow removal duties within neighborhoods by keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. The city’s municipal code requires that residents and businesses remove snow and ice from public sidewalks around their property within 24 hours of the last snow accumulation.
Failure to clear your sidewalk may result in a Notice of Violation from Neighborhood Services, which allows 24 additional hours for snow and ice obstructions to be removed before a $100 fine is issued. This ordinance applies only to public sidewalks – not driveways or walkways within your property. For more information, visit c3gov.com/NS or call 303-227-8860.
If you are interested in helping your neighbors with snow removal, check out the Volunteers of America “Snow Buddies” program. VoA pairs volunteers with older adults to remove snow and ice from sidewalks each winter. Call 303-297-0408 or email email@example.com to find out more.