Routt county government plows through snow removal concerns
Snow plowing gets closer look
March 20, 2017
If you go
What: Routt County snow plowing policy work session
When: 11 a.m., March 21
Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
More information: Public comment will not be taken during the work session.
Steamboat Springs — Rural Routt County residents have an opportunity March 21 to hear some of the options being studied to possibly increase snow removal operations on rural county roads during periods of ongoing heavy snow.
The commissioners and Public Works director Janet Hruby will conduct a work session Tuesday to discuss strategies for increasing the frequency of snowplowing. Hruby has also researched historical weather trends, traffic volumes and the annual cost of plowing ($860,000, plus $70,000 in materials).
Ruby will report that the most common requests the Road and Bridge Department has received from the public include afternoon plowing on paved roads, afternoon slush removal, afternoon drift plowing and visibility improvements, additional spot road salting and sanding, additional weekend and holiday plowing and improved information outreach regarding the plowing program.
She'll also share that her office has logged 289 calls complaining about snow removal in the past 11 years.
In the midst of an unusually heavy period of snow in late December 2016 and early January 2017, residents of North Routt, who depend on heavily traveled Routt County Road 129 to get to work and school, as well as residents of Stagecoach, who drive Routt County Road 14, told county officials of their frustrations.
Hruby told Steamboat Today in January that crews rise in the wee hours on snow days to work a 3 a.m. to noon shift. Because it takes each driver just under 8 hours to complete their routes of 20 to 30 miles, they can't make a second pass on their routes in periods such as the snow event of Jan. 5 and 6, when heavy snow built up in the afternoon on CR 129.