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C-DOT announces plan for plowing snowy roads

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 03 2013 12:53:46 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 03 2013 01:02:00 PM CST

MGN online / KRDO.com

PUEBLO, Colo. -

The Colorado Department of Transportation is gearing up to clear the roads of snow and ice in southern Colorado.

“Keeping our highways clear of snow and ice during every snow event is challenging, but we have very dedicated and well-trained employees who help keep our highways open and passable throughout the winter season,” said CDOT Maintenance Superintendent Adam Padilla.  “Highway safety is job one and while our crews do their best battling Mother Nature, we’re reminding drivers to slow down when driving on wet or snowy roads and near snow plows."

C-DOT released the following information about how it plans keep the roads clear once the snow starts to fall.

Pueblo Maintenance Area (snow-shift begins at 10 p.m.)

The Pueblo Maintenance Area includes patrols in: Pueblo (six patrols, 15 plows total), Rye/Colorado City (4 plows), Penrose (4 plows), Westcliffe (3 plows) Beulah (5 plows), Canon City (two patrols, 5 plows total) and Cotopaxi (2 plows). The Pueblo Maintenance Area has 54 maintenance workers and 51 pieces of snow removal (including 38 snowplows, 12 of which are equipped with MDSS**). 12 trucks are equipped with liquid deicer applicator tanks. Other plow trucks carry sand/salt and for providing traction. Pueblo Area maintenance crews oversee 2119 lane-miles. Total 2013/14 winter budget: $2,304,578.

Colorado Springs Maintenance Area (snow-shift begins at 8 p.m.)

The Colorado Springs Maintenance Area includes patrols in: Colorado Springs (eight patrols, 27 plows total), Monument (two patrols, 6 plows total), Calhan (2 plows). The Colorado Springs Area has 58 maintenance workers and 41 pieces of snow removal equipment (including 35 snowplows, 10 of which are equipped with MDSS). Eleven trucks are equipped with liquid deicer applicator tanks. Other plow trucks carry sand/salt and for providing traction. Colorado Springs Area maintenance crews oversee 1287 lane-miles. Total 2013/14 winter budget: $2,246,709.

La Junta Maintenance Area (snow-shift begins at 8 p.m.)

The La Junta Maintenance Area includes patrols in: La Junta (6 plows), Las Animas (3 plows), Fowler (2 plows), Sugar City (4 plows) and Kim (3 plows).  The La Junta Maintenance Area has 27 maintenance workers and 20 pieces of snow removal (including 18 snowplows). Five trucks are equipped with liquid deicer applicator tanks. Other plow trucks carry sand/salt and for providing traction. La Junta Area maintenance crews oversee 1126 lane-miles. Total 2013/14 winter budget: $447,846.

Trinidad Maintenance Area (snow-shift begins at 4 p.m.)

The Trinidad Maintenance Area includes patrols in: Trinidad (three patrols, 9 plows total), Aguilar (3 plows), Walsenburg (two patrols, 6 plows total) and La Veta (4 plows). The Trinidad Area has 31 maintenance workers and 28 pieces of snow removal equipment (including 22 snowplows, 11 of which are equipped with MDSS). Twelve trucks are equipped with liquid deicer applicator tanks. Trinidad Area maintenance crews oversee 1187 lane-miles. Total 2013/14 winter budget: $1,764,897.

Lamar Maintenance Area (snow-shift begins at midnight)

The Lamar Maintenance Area includes patrols in: Lamar (two patrols, 5 plows total), Eads (two patrols, 5 plows total), Springfield (8 plows), Granada (5 plows). The Lamar Area has 32 maintenance workers and 27 pieces of snow removal equipment (including 23 snowplows). Five trucks are equipped with liquid deicer applicator tanks. Lamar Area maintenance crews oversee 1343 lane-miles. Total 2013/14 winter budget: $590,913.

Fairplay Maintenance Area (currently on snow-shift)

The Fairplay Maintenance Area includes patrols in Fairplay (three patrols, 9 plows total), Woodland Park (6 plows), Cripple Creek (3 plows), Hartsel (2 plows) and Bailey (5 plows). The Fairplay Area has 34 maintenance workers and 36 pieces of snow removal equipment (including 25 snowplows, 8 of which are equipped with MDSS). Seven trucks are equipped with liquid deicer applicator tanks. Fairplay Area maintenance crews oversee 608 lane-miles. Total 2013/14 winter budget: $2,246,265.

C-DOT says the above schedule could change if the timing of the storm's arrival changes. Click here for winter driving safety tips.

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