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State highways like Wadsworth (HWY 121), Sheridan (HWY 95), and parts of Indiana and Ward (HWY 72) are plowed by CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation). View the map of snow plow routes for more details.
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The City prioritizes the most trafficked streets for plowing. This includes main, arterial roads (like 80th or Carr), collector roads that run through neighborhoods, and school zones. This helps ensure commonly used roads remain passable for the traveling public and emergency response teams. Other benefits include:
Additional roads may be plowed when a storm reaches a certain caliber, typically 12 inches of snow or more. At the discretion of City management, additional contractors can be brought in to help plow more roads to ensure safety for the traveling public.
View the map of snow plow routes for more details.
Before a storm anti-icing salt brine (salt water mixture) can be applied to help prevent snow from sticking. This is only used during some storms as it is not useful if the ground is too warm. During a storm 3 de-icing materials are used based on ground temperatures:
All of these materials are industry standard and considered environmentally safe.
Yes, to report ice build ups on the road or in gutters please call 720-898-7725. Please leave a brief message with your request and the location by address or cross streets. Your request will be logged into the work order system to be addressed.
Please note: packed snow and ice on residential roads will not be removed if they are still passable by cars.
Sidewalks are the responsibility of the home or business owner. City Code 18-491-302.3.3 requires sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours after the snow stops. Please report unshoveled sidewalks to code enforcement via Ask Arvada or by calling 720-898-7465 during regular business hours. Visit the Shoveling Walkways webpage for more information.
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The Boulder/Denver sector of the National Weather Service will provide the most accurate information on the status of winter weather events impacting Arvada. The City routinely re-shares their social media posts on Facebook and X (Twitter) during storms.
The City coordinates a Snow Buddies Program to match those who are physically unable to remove snow with volunteers to assist them. Please visit the Snow Buddies Program page for information and eligibility requirements. You can also call 720-898-7535 to apply for assistance by phone.
The Parks Department is responsible for clearing nearly 150 miles of trails, sidewalks, and parking lots across the city during a snowstorm. There are three categories of routes, prioritized by safety.
Visit the Parks and Trails Snow Clearing page for more information, including an interactive map of the three priority routes.