|Q. What can residents do to help ?
A. There are numerous ways that individuals can help
during a snow emergency. Help your neighbors and co-workers
– check-in with them, especially the elderly or disabled, to
see if anyone needs help with groceries, clearing sidewalks,
rides to work, etc.
Q. Can I park my car on the street during a snow storm?
A. Please assist with the snow removal effort by not
parking vehicles on city streets if possible particularly on
main arterials where Snow Route signs are posted.
Q. Where can I get storm updates?
A. Tune to radio station KFKA 1310 AM,
www.greeleytrib.com, KUNC and other local media for regular
updates on local conditions and closures. Use the city’s
website www.greeleygov.com to get information updates
Q. If I have a specific request for help or a question
about local road conditions, who do I call?
A. Use the Snow Hotline – 351-SNOW (7669) for local
road information and service requests.
Q. Should I be driving on City streets during a winter
A For everyone’s safety, residents are asked to only
drive on city streets for essential travel as conditions
Q. How do I get emergency medical or police assistance?
A. Call 911 for emergencies only.
Q. Do I have to clear sidewalks around my home or
A. Snow should be removed from sidewalks within 24
hours after snow stops. During major snow storms officials
will be lenient regarding enforcement of the snow removal
ordinance; clear sidewalks as soon as possible.
Q. What are the priorities for snow removal on City
A. The City’s snow control plan is designed to focus
on the highest priority streets first, clearing major
arterial streets for emergency responders, schools, bus
routes and motorists. This provides a basic network of
connected main streets. City employees and private
contractors work 12 hour shifts 24/7 to try and keep streets
passable for traffic.
- Priority 1: Arterials considered to be the minimum network which must be kept open to provide a transportation system connecting hospitals, police and fire stations.
- Priority 2: on all remaining arterials, selected collectors, bus routes, and around schools.
- Priority 3: on all other selected collectors completing the network covering the major traffic volume streets and selected "Hot Spots" such as intersections, hills, and known routes for disabled individuals.
- Priority 4: all remaining streets, such as residential and local streets. Except for unusual conditions, all priority 1, 2, and 3 streets will be kept open and maintained. When this is not possible, the priority 3 streets will be dropped first, and, if necessary, the priority 2 streets will be dropped. The priority 1 streets will be kept open at all times. The snow routes have been established so that regardless of which priorities are dropped, the remaining portion will be one connected, continuous system.
Q. How many miles of streets are located within the city
limits of Greeley?
A. There are 367 miles of city streets including 26
miles of alleys.
Q. Why doesn’t the City have more equipment they can use
to plow neighborhood streets?
A. Because Greeley averages only 36 inches of snow
each year, it is not cost effective to have a large fleet of
heavy equipment and extra staff. Private contractors are
hired to help with the larger and more severe storms and
snowfall. All of the trucks the City uses for snow plowing
are also used throughout the year for hauling gravel,
asphalt, etc. for various projects.
Q. Why are front loaders and graders used on residential
A. Once the snow gets hard packed on the pavement,
plow blades cannot scrape it off. Only heavy construction
equipment has the weight and force to break it free down to
Q. During major storms, the post office has not been able
to deliver mail because residential streets have too much
snow. What is the city doing about this?
A. The City responds to all requests from the Post
Office and coordinates plowing in areas where mail carriers
are having problems delivering the mail.