Street Snow Removal
On average Fort Collins experiences 14-16 snowstorms per season. Some are small, and some are brutal, but no matter the size or time of day, City snowplow drivers are prepared.
During most snow events, the City focuses plowing efforts on Priority 1 arterial streets, such as College or Drake. Those major arterials connect hospitals and fire stations, and are the base of our transportation system.
After the arterials are adequately plowed and de-iced, drivers move on to Priority 2 collector streets, such as Remington and Swallow. Priority 3 streets include school areas and bus routes. Bike lanes are also plowed in coordination with the priority street system. The City does not plow residential streets except in cases of extreme snow accumulation that completely obstruct traffic or when a snow emergency has been declared.
This winter, remember:
- Drive for the conditions. If you have to be on the road during a storm, please use common sense, slow down and be careful.
- Share the road with cars, snow plows and bicyclists.
- Refrain from passing any snow plow until it stops or turns. If you must pass, make sure there is ample room and a clear path to do so.
For a map of plow routes and to track the last four hours of plowing, visit fcgov.com/WeKnowSnow, or follow the City of Fort Collins on Facebook and Twitter.
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Because Fort Collins is a pedestrian-friendly community in every season, residents are required to clear sidewalks of all snow and ice following storms. This includes driveways and alley crossings, as well as ramps on corners. If a sidewalk is not cleared within 24 hours after the end of snow accumulation, the City may have the walk cleared and bill the property owner. Please make arrangements to have a friend or neighbor shovel your sidewalk if you will be away from home at any time during the winter months.
This snow removal requirement can be difficult for elderly or disabled residents. In an effort to provide assistance, Neighborhood Services coordinates the Adopt-a-Neighbor program, matching a neighbor within walking distance with a resident in need. To request assistance or to volunteer, visit fcgov.com/neighborhoodservices.