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City of Grand Junction prepares for winter storms

The first snow of the season is finally coming and the City of Grand Junction is already making...
The first snow of the season is finally coming and the City of Grand Junction is already making preparations.(KKCO)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 3:02 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The first snow of the season is finally coming and the City of Grand Junction is already making preparations. The city watches the weather carefully and then decides when the best time is to start plowing and salting the roads will be. They focus on high traffic areas, like Patterson and I-70-B, as well as places that law enforcement and medical personal consistently travel. When speaking on route plans, Trent Prall, the Public Works Director for the city, states, “Bridges first and overpasses. Those are the ones that tend to get coldest the fastest because they don’t have the heat of the earth underneath them, it’s air underneath there so we prioritize those first.”

Roads are clear now but before the snow even falls the City of Grand Junction is busy preparing behind the scenes. They make sure that all equipment Is ready to go as well as drivers. The city received a large amount of new staff this year so they have them practice driving the plows along the main routes. It’s also important to ensure they have plenty of sand and salt mixture built up.

Goals of the snow response plan include improving the safety and mobility of our transportation system by plowing city streets as efficiently as possible, keeping priority streets passable, all the while minimizing traffic disruption. Because Grand Valley winter weather can be unpredictable and the most severe conditions occur when heavy snow is followed by extremely low temperatures, the city asks that everyone do their part to protect from possible injury. Within twenty four hours after every snowfall the front of your home or business must be cleared of snow, ice, and debris.

Officials with the city want to remind people that when the streets get hit with snow, try and stay home. The city can most effectively do their job when you keep the roads clear when winter weather hits.

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