Snow Removal Policy




Denver Prepared for Winter Storm

Residential Plows to Hit the Streets as Needed. MCA Plows to Hit Residential Alleys as Needed Overnight

DENVER ­- With snow in the forecast for Denver the next few days along with very cold temperatures, the city is calling out its fleet of large snow plows and smaller residential plows to respond to the storm. All teams will be ready to deploy today when snow starts to accumulate, with large plows focusing on the main streets, small plows on the side streets and MCA crews focused on parks and pedestrian crossings.

This week's deployment of the residential plows marks a change in the city's residential plow program. Starting in 2017, deployment of the small plows will be considered when six (6) or more inches of snow are in the forecast, rather than twelve inches or more of snow.

During snow events, as now defined by Denver City & County, the Stapleton MCA will initiate its snow removal plan for the alleys based upon actual accumulation along with the city's plan for neighborhood streets.

During minor snow events (6+") - The MCA will make a pass through each alley to clean up the center drive lane the night following the storm. Although it is not the intent to impact anyones access in and out of their garages, residents should be prepared to remove any "wind-rows" that can be created during these plowing operations.

During major snow event (12+") - the snow removal plan will include the continuous use of heavy and light equipment, light equipment to remove snow from alley drive lanes, intersections and major pedestrian paths. Alley work will be limited to the removal of enough snow from the alleys so residents can drive through. The drive lanes will not be scraped down to pavement, to eliminate the need to truck snow off site. This allows us to expedite the process ensuring that we can get to everyone's alley within the shortest period possible.

These alley procedures do not negate individual property owners from participating in the snow removal during these types of storms. Vehicles should never be parked overnight in any alley during snow events. Residents due to age, disability or health who require additional assistance accessing their property because of excess snow should contact the MCA office at 303-388-0724 for additional assistance.

Denver's residential and the MCA's alley plow program was initially developed as an emergency response program following the blizzards of 2006-07. The plows have been deployed about a dozen times since then to help residents get out of their homes, neighborhoods and onto the main streets after major storms.

Under the new criteria, the city along with the MCA expects to deploy the residential plows in a timelier fashion and stay ahead of the deeper snow accumulations that come with moderate to severe snow events.

For detailed information about the Stapleton MCA snow removal policy, click here

For the City & County of Denver's snow policy, click here.