Snow & Ice Removal

The primary goal of Public Services is to provide the traveling public with the safest driving surface possible in an efficient and economical way with resources available to the Town of Windsor during snowstorms.

The town strives to remove snow and ice from our roadways as quickly and efficiently as possible while keeping roads open and essential traffic moving. This does not mean bare and dry pavement should be expected after each snowstorm. The goal of snow and ice operations is to return road surfaces to safe winter driving conditions as soon as possible. 

It must be recognized that each snowstorm has its own character with variable conditions, such as air and pavement temperatures, wind speeds and directions, precipitation rates and types, timing, duration, and traffic activity. This plan must remain flexible and take into consideration these variables. 

Snow & Ice Plan Community Guidelines (PDF)

  1. Snow Plan / Map of Route
  2. Deicing Material
  3. Emergency Declarations

The town’s main focus is to clear all major arterial streets for emergency responders, schools, bus routes and motorists, providing a basic network of connected main streets. Windsor is made up of  263.04 center-lane miles of streets. However, that number can triple or quadruple when  factoring in lanes. For example, Main Street from 7th Street to 15th Street is approximately one mile; however it is four lane miles due to the four lanes that exist on Main Street, not including turn lanes.

View snow plow route map (PDF)

What Are Priorities? What is Plowed / De-iced and When?

The following information shows the town's priorities for plowing and applying de-icing material.

*Note: These are guidelines only and other factors may necessitate actions.
  1. Priority I
  2. Priority II
  3. Priority III  

Priority I is categorized as a mild snow event. All snowstorms start as a Priority I snow event, but they may escalate based on snow acumination and weather conditions.

Priority I plowing includes arterials and collector streets, which are plowed and treated with de-icing materials until the storm subsides. Hills, roundabouts and major intersections are treated with de-icing materials. Critical facilities such as Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Downtown Business District are plowed and treated with de-icing materials.  

Arterials are typically multi-lane high-volume streets that connect major sections of the Town. Collectors streets connect small local streets to larger arterial streets. They are often utilized to access schools, the Community Recreation Center and other local establishments.

Downtown Snow Removal

The downtown area consists of Main Street (HWY 392) from 7th Street to 3rd Street and 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Street between Walnut Street and Ash Street. Snow removal crews will plow and ice de-ice curb to curb in the downtown area at least once during a snow event. Businesses in this area are encouraged to shovel snow from their sidewalks onto the street prior to the town’s snow removal crews arriving. Snow removal crews will remove snow in a timely manner, as resources allow.

Downtown Snow removal

Tandem Formation

In 2019 Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1265 into a law making it a Class A traffic offense for a driver to pass a plow operating in tandem formation. Tandem formation is when two or more plows are diagonally staggered across each lane and are operating together. Help keep yourself and others safe by staying 3-4 car lengths back from a plow.