Snow removal policies
VAIL — With an updated snowfall count of more than 24 inches in the town of Vail since Saturday, the town’s snowplow drivers are doing all they can to keep the streets safe for travel, including clearing snow from intersections to improve visibility. Following a snowstorm, roads that serve the hospital, schools, commercial areas and the ski area take priority, with a goal of plowing those areas by 8 a.m. Efforts are made to plow other residential streets by 9:30 a.m.
Daily assessments of all town roads and intersections are made to prioritize the most critically impacted areas for snow removal, cutting ice pack and hauling snow. Residents and property owners can help by following the town’s snow removal policies:
• By town ordinance, homeowners and residents are responsible for maintaining their own driveways, parking areas and sidewalks following a snowstorm.
• By town ordinance, hired snowplow drivers are required to obtain a town snowplow license from the Vail Public Works Department, 1309 Elkhorn Drive. Plow contractors also are required to display their names on the side of their vehicles.
• By town ordinance, snowplows and snow shovelers are not allowed to push or plow snow into public roadways, including snowmelted surfaces in Vail or Lionshead villages. Also, snow removal activities must not obstruct access to fire hydrants and cleared spaces around hydrants must be maintained.
• For pedestrian safety, the town does not allow any on-street or shoulder parking. This includes construction vehicles. Automobiles may be ticketed and/or towed if they are left on town streets or shoulders during snow removal operations.
To report unsafe conditions or for additional information, call Charlie Turnbull, of the Vail Public Works Department, at 970-477-3425 or 970-390-3008.
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