Ready for snow
The City of Castle Pines public works department is responsible for snow and ice removal on public streets within the City.
City staff and plow operators begin planning far in advance of the first snowfall. When snow is predicted, snow removal personnel report for duty and are assigned designated snow routes.
Every snow event is different and we regularly make adjustments to our snow removal operations based on the changing weather conditions in order to ensure the City’s 36 miles of roadway and 127 cul-de-sacs are properly maintained.
Public streets will be maintained according to the following criteria:
- Priority 1 (Arterial Roadways): These streets are the City’s primary access roads and provide critical connections throughout the community. These include streets that provide access to school zones, major office areas or are designated emergency routes. Priority 1 streets are the first to be cleared during a snowstorm and only after they are considered safe and passable will plow operators and equipment move to Priority 2 roads.
Examples include Castle Pines Parkway, Monarch Boulevard, Lagae Road, Mira Vista Lane and Buffalo Trail.
- Priority 2 (Minor Collector Roadways): Snowplowing will begin on Priority 2 streets after Priority 1 roads are deemed passable. These are streets that provide primary access into and out of residential areas.
Examples include: Daniels Gate Road/Grigs Road, Buffalo Trail, Hidden Point Boulevard, Crossing Circle, Yorkshire Drive, Oxford Drive and Shoreham Drive.
Priority 3 (Local Roadways): Snowplowing will begin on Priority 3 (local streets) after Priority 1 and 2 streets are considered passable. Local streets include non-critical residential streets and cul-de-sacs and are all other streets not classified as Priority 1 or 2 streets.
The City and Douglas County require Rresidents and business owners are required to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall ends. Areas around school bus stops, fire hydrants, power boxes and storm drains must be kept clear and accessible.
Vehicles parked or stalled on the street restrict or prevent access and hinder the City’s efforts. Whenever possible, avoid parking vehicles on City streets during a snow or ice storm.
It is recommended that residents wait to shovel sidewalks until after a plow has been through, to avoid re-shoveling snow that’s been redistributed onto the sidewalk by a plow.
Do not shovel snow into the roadway; place it in your yard or landscaping instead. This provides needed moisture to your plants and grass and reduces snow and ice build-up in the street and gutter.
Use caution when driving near a snowplow. Slow down and be patient.
- During a snow event, the City of Castle Pines will share timely updates via Facebook. Follow the City to get the latest information.
- All severe winter storm reports and updates will be posted on the City’s website, and, when appropriate, shared through the City’s email distribution system.
Snow Removal Responsibility
Privately maintained streets are the responsibility of the local homeowners association. Areas not maintained by the City, include:
- Amber Ridge
- Buffalo Ridge
- Canterbury Park
- Castle Pointe
- Coyote Crossing
- The Crossings
- Daniel’s Ridge
- Forest Park
- Turquoise Terrace
- Whisper Canyon
Heavy snow, continuous freeze-thaw cycles and prolonged cold temperatures can cause ice buildup on streets and in gutters. When this occurs, City crews will address these areas on an as-needed basis based on the same street priority level identified for snow removal and are subject to the availability of personnel and equipment.