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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Snowstorm cleanup could take several days

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3/19/21, 9 a.m. UPDATE: 

SNOW REMOVAL UPDATE: Overnight, our Public Works team continued to perform work on primary, secondary, neighborhood and residential roads and streets throughout the City and in the downtown areas. Crews today will be touching up needed areas and respond to citizen requests.

Plowing on primary and secondary roads is now complete, so they are open at full-width with some minor cleanup remaining relating to storm melt and nighttime icing issues. Neighborhoods and residential streets now have one plow pass. Teams will continue to respond to resident requests and concerns.

Plowing and hauling in the downtown area have been completed. Overnight, crews completed sidewalk and curb & gutter clearing on Bridge Street. Public Works utilized the city's snowblower to expedite the work in this area, while minimizing traffic impacts and safety concerns.

We will continue to work with 27J Schools to address any areas still in need of plowing and widening. Crews will respond to areas of concern as-needed. Again, teams will continue to respond to resident requests and concerns.

Another snowstorm is expected for this weekend, so the City is monitoring the forecast and its potential impact.

Many of you alerted us of areas of concern so we could quickly address them - Thank you for working with us and for your patience!


3/18/21, 9 a.m. UPDATE:
SNOW REMOVAL UPDATE: Starting this morning, Public Works will be touring residential areas of the City to review conditions and identify any areas missed and/or needing additional work. We will then deploy equipment to address those areas. Teams will continue to respond to resident requests and concerns. 

In addition, we are working with 27J Schools to address any plowing and widening needs in school-area streets. Teams with assistance from our Utilities Department will continue to address snow melt/water issues throughout the City. They will also begin work on sidewalk and curb & gutter clearing on Bridge Street. Please note - this may take several days to complete depending on snow conditions, weather and traffic. This process takes more time due to the extreme safety issues associated with using specialty equipment and working on a high-traffic volume roadway.

Overnight, Public Works continued to perform work on primary, secondary, neighborhood and residential roads and streets. 

So far:
-95% of primary roads are open at full-width. Focus now is on widening and turn lane access.
-90% of secondary roads are open at full-width. Focus now is also on widening and turn lane access. 
-93% of all neighborhood and residential streets have received one plow pass down the middle of the street (overnight, crews focused on missed streets and streets that needed additional work).

Overnight, work continued on the Downtown/Main Street areas with snow removal, hauling operations and clean up. Snow removal is complete on Main Street (from Freedom Way to Egbert St.) and Strong Street (Cabbage to 1st St.). We are continuing to work on Cabbage. 

As crews continue plowing efforts, the City is monitoring another snowstorm forecast for this weekend and its potential impact. 

Again, we appreciate your patience through this plowing process!


3/17/21, 9 a.m. UPDATE:
Our street crews continue to plow primary and secondary streets throughout the City. We are widening these roads, cleaning up intersections and addressing snow melt water issues. Snow removal, hauling operations and clean up continues on the downtown/Main Street areas. 

We are happy to share that our street crews have made significant progress in snow operations over the last 24 hours. As of 6:30 this morning, approximately 88-percent of all neighborhood and residential streets have received one plow pass down the middle of the street. We will continue to move through these areas throughout the day and night today.

Crews continue to respond to resident requests and concerns, investigating residential areas for trouble spots and missed streets and will address them as-needed.



3/16/21, 4 p.m. UPDATE:

Crews have plowed about 65-percent of residential streets. The City will continue to run plows through the residential streets until they are in good, passable condition. If your street has not been plowed yet, please be patient — Crews are continuing to work around the clock. In addition, crews are also working on widening primary streets.



3/16/21, 10 a.m. UPDATE:

Today, plowing of residential streets continues after our crews were able to plow 30-percent of residential streets last night. In addition, Parks & Recreation crews will begin clearing park playground parking lots. The City will be monitoring the forecast with snow showers anticipated for later this evening, and will adjust snow removal plans if needed for the safety of our operators and residents.



3/15/21, 5 p.m. UPDATE: 

Crews continue to work around the clock, currently prioritizing primary and secondary routes and moving stranded vehicles. Because of stranded vehicles, the following streets are impacted: 1) Only the eastbound lane of Eagle Blvd. (from 27th St. to Prairie Center Pkwy.) is in drivable condition 2) Only one lane of 144th Ave. (from 27th St. to Sable Blvd.) is in drivable condition. 


As snow continues to melt, the city is monitoring for high water and storm drainage and the issues that may follow such conditions.

This evening, snow removal crews will start plowing neighborhood and residential routes. For the current snow removal map, go to brightonco.gov/snowmap. With snow removal expected to continue over the next few days, here is what to expect with residential streets:

-It may take several days to get to all residential streets

-Crews will plow a single lane down the middle of the road

-Plowing may create mounds of snow on either side of the plowed lane; plow operators will try to minimize this effect

-Shoveling snow from one’s car or driveway is the responsibility of the property owner

-The City will respond to problematic areas after all roads are cleared, which could be several days


3/15/21, 11 a.m. UPDATE: 

After this weekend’s snowstorm brought record snow accumulation to Brighton, the City’s streets crews continue to diligently plow snow to clear the roads. Crews will be prioritizing clearing of all primary and secondary roads, and then will turn their attention to neighborhood routes (residential neighborhoods will follow after these three routes are complete). Due to the ongoing effort, the City asks for residents’ continued patience as plowing will likely take several days to be completed.


As of this morning, all primary routes have been plowed, treated and widened to be in drivable condition. In addition, all of Prairie Center and hospital-area streets are plowed and fully open. CR2 is open from 19th Street to Highway 85 (partially open from 19th to 50th streets). About 70-percent of all secondary roads have at least one lane in each direction open. 


Current efforts include working to fully open CR2/Baseline Road (but there are several abandoned vehicles along this corridor), secondary school streets, 144th and 136th, and CR4 and CR6. 


With snow removal expected to continue over the next few days, here is what to expect for residential streets:

  • Your residential street may not be plowed for several days
  • The City will plow a single lane down the middle of the road
  • Plowing will create mounds of snow on either side of the plowed lane
  • Shoveling snow from one’s car or driveway is the responsibility of the property owner
  • The City will respond to problematic areas after all roads are cleared, which could be several days

Since the onset of the storm, the City’s Public Works crews have been working around the clock to clear roads. The City appreciates the public’s understanding and asks for continued patience with on-going snow removal efforts as cleanup may last for several days. This snowstorm was the fourth largest in Denver Metro history, so all hands are on deck, with the City’s Parks and Utilities departments assisting with plowing operations. 


For the City’s current snow removal map, go to brightonco.gov/snowmap. If you’d like to report a problematic area in need of snow removal, please go to SeeClickFix.com or download the “SeeClickFix” smartphone app.



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