Eagle County Road & Bridge offers snowplowing information

Enterprise staff report

As the snow begins to fall, Eagle County will be transitioning to its winter snow removal operations.

Eagle County Road & Bridge is responsible for snow removal on approximately 260 miles of roadway, ranging from El Jebel and Basalt to the south, McCoy to the north, Vail to the east and Dotsero to the west, including Edwards and Eagle-Vail. County plows do not maintain Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 6, or their frontage roads.

For efficient snow removal operations, citizens are asked to follow the county’s snow removal guidelines:

Snow removal crews begin work in the early morning, typically between 3 and 4 a.m., and continue until all routes are complete. Crews are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

School bus and emergency routes, categorized as priority one roads, are plowed first. Side streets or residential collector streets, business access, and lesser-traveled streets such as cul-de-sacs, which are categorized as priority two and three, are plowed next. Depending on weather conditions, it may be later in the day before the priority two and priority three roads are plowed.

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Be aware that it is illegal to park on county-maintained roads or in county rights of way, which typically extend approximately 10 feet off the edge of the road. Rights of way are intended to be used for snow storage, therefore it is not recommended that valuable landscaping be placed within this area.

Exercise patience with the snow removal process and drive with caution around equipment.

Wait to shovel driveways until after the snowplows have finished and do not put snow or any other debris in the roadway.

Snow removal activities must not obstruct access to fire hydrants and cleared spaces around hydrants should be maintained so they are readily accessible to firefighters.

Wait to place trash cans out for pick-up until snowplows are finished and retrieve them as soon as possible after they are emptied.

Educate children about the dangers of playing near snow removal equipment and discourage the building of forts or caves in snow banks, especially near roads.

Wear reflective clothing while jogging or walking along a road in the dark.

Eagle County Road & Bridge encourages all citizens to drive carefully and have a safe winter. Questions, concerns and suggestions may be directed to Road & Bridge at 970-328-3540.

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