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City Provides Update on Storm; Thanks Community for Patience

Beginning in the evening of March 13, the City of Arvada experienced a challenging winter storm, the fourth largest in the last 140 years, with more than two feet of snow falling in Arvada during a 36-hour period. The City Team thanks community members for their patience as crews continue to clear snow from streets and paths. To prepare for the anticipated storm, the City’s Streets Division and Parks Maintenance teams positioned trained staff and equipment to implement the City's snow and ice control plan, which totals 480 lane miles of arterial (Priority One) and major collector streets (Priority Two).  

Operations began Saturday evening, and crews worked around the clock applying granular and liquid deicer to Priority One and Two routes in order to provide safe passage for emergency vehicles and other essential travel. Sunday morning, the City Manager declared a snow emergency, which enabled the City team to quickly expand its snow control operations to include side-streets throughout the City. Within 30 hours, the City or its contractor had made at least one pass on every street in Arvada. And as of yesterday, March 16, all Priority One routes were down to pavement and nearly dry, and most Priority Two routes were passable or clear.

Currently, teams continue to respond to the storm by addressing secondary and tertiary streets as well as problem locations throughout the City. Crews are aso patching potholes.

Although the City was prepared for the storm and worked quickly to reach every street in the City within 30 hours, the storm became challenging due to heavy snow accumulation and high winds. As the storm intensified, and snow accumulations increased Sunday morning blowing snow in the NW portion of the City caused the closures of W. 86th Parkway between Kipling and Simms streets and Hwy 72 between Indiana and Hwy 93. It took crews nearly 14 hours to get W 86th Parkway fully open due to deep drifting snow. 

 The City continually evaluates its response to snow events to improve performance and more efficiently apply materials and other resources. To learn more about the City’s snow and ice control program, visit