Traffic slowed in Pueblo Monday night as snow picked back up, but city crews were able to take advantage of a mostly clear day to recover from Sunday night's winter weather.
Crews spent the day clearing and re-treating roads along the seven primary routes, spreading salt, sand and de-icing mixture instead of plowing.
That allowed the streets to really clear up after the overnight snow, and traffic was moving along at almost posted speeds throughout the day. Public works director Earl Wilkinson says, "We really kept the guys out there the whole time, patrolling and doing what they can to improve the roadway conditions. I think that's really the best we can do, and it's worked out well for us."
It is a different situation than the last big snow about three weeks ago, when the storm caught crews somewhat unprepared. "What was helpful was seeing this storm coming," says Wilkinson. "Last Friday we equipped all our vehicles, we got them loaded up, ready to go, and actually Saturday afternoon we sent somebody out to do the pre-treatment."
This time they were able to monitor trouble spots like Northern Avenue near Prairie Boulevard, and inclines like the one on Santa Fe Drive.
Plows will continue to run on the seven city routes throughout the storm, but will not address side streets. Wilkinson advises drivers to use caution, as ice is likely underneath snow accumulations.