Dec 4, 2013 1:29 AM by Maddie Garrett
As the arctic weather moves into Southern Colorado, street crews are getting ready for several days of work trying to keep the roads drivable. Tuesday night, the City of Colorado Springs pre-treated roughly 300 lane miles of road with de-icer. The City is expecting to have a full call out of all 36 of its snow trucks by midnight to get roads ready for the morning commute.
But the City's Streets Division isn't just worried about Wednesday morning, they're thinking ahead through the weekend for this winter storm.
Tuesday night, a handful of the 77-person street crew were preparing trucks for the winter weather. Installing snow plows on the front, and loading truck beds with de-icer and gravel. Starting Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, those 77 crew members are going on 12 hour shifts that could last almost a week.
"We're going to stay on the ball, we'll be here, we're prepared to run a 24-hour operation," said Colorado Springs Streets Operations Manager Jeremy Reichert.
Reichert said they were able to prepare ahead of time to de-ice the roads ahead of the storm. But once the winter weather hits, it's all hands on deck because they won't know how severe it will be or how long it will last.
"It's chaotic, and it's like you said, it's unpredictable, so it's very hard. Basically we're going from hour to hour on what do we need to do, how do we change our operation," explained Reichert.
Reichert had one piece of advice for drivers ahead of this storm:
"If you can avoid being on the road, that helps us with our operation, by all means help us out and stay off the roads if you don't have a need to be out there," he said.
As of Tuesday night, street crews and C-DOT workers were already out patrolling the roads ready to tackle any trouble spots that occur overnight.