COLORADO SPRINGS — The most recent snow event in Colorado Springs brought close to six inches of snow across the city. It happened over night and many organizations opted for delayed starts in the morning, Only, by mid-morning people out on the roads encountered mostly clear and drying pavement.
The delays and clear roads have a correlation. Because of more people working from home due to COVID-19, and then even more off the roads because of delays, crews were able to not only plow, they then went back with treatments that expedited melting. "You can look at the roads and they're running water, literally running water and a lot of that's because of the plowing, applying chemicals and then the temps coming and boom we get that break we need," said Colorado Springs Public Works, Operations Manger Jack Ladley.
Plow crews will continue working even though the snow has stopped. They are going into residential areas where more than six inches of snow fell. They also work the sides of roads and intersections where snow and slush remain. "If we don't do that, what happens is we get flow back across the roadway and when the sun goes down, we're going to lose our temperatures and we'll end up with icing and so our goal is to keep these roads as open as we can get them," said Ladley.