It is the Town of Parker’s goal to provide the best snow service possible within the constraints of budget, personnel and available equipment. Keep in mind that Parker Road/State Highway 83 is maintained and plowed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), rather than the Town.
TOWN OF PARKER SNOW OPERATIONS POLICY
Although the Town has a snow plowing priority system in place, the time required to clear roads depends on several variables, such as snowstorm intensity, duration, wind and temperature. Parker sees approximately 56 inches of snow during an average snow season (based on a 15-year average), which is spread over multiple snow events.
Priority 1: Arterial Roadways
Arterial roadways are our first priority and will be cleared first. These are the major roadways that carry the most traffic volume, such as Canterberry Parkway, Mainstreet, Lincoln Road and Jordan Road.
Priority 2: Collector Streets
Collector streets, such as Bradbury Parkway, Canterberry Trail and Heirloom Parkway, are our second priority. These streets provide access to arterial roadways and will be cleared once the arterial roadways have been plowed.
Priority 3: Local Residential Roads and Cul-de-sacs
Local residential roads and cul-de-sacs that provide traffic flow within subdivisions and access to homes are not plowed unless six (6) inches of snow has accumulated on streets or if major drifting has occurred.
To be able to service all neighborhood streets, typically only a single pass (15 to 18 feet wide) will be made on local streets.
Measuring Snowfall Totals
Snowfall amounts in Parker are now measured with sensors located at the intersections of Twenty Mile Road/Pine Lane and Hilltop Road/Canterberry Parkway.
General ice control will be limited to Priority 1 and Priority 2 roadways and will not be performed on local streets unless they meet specific conditions that interfere with safe vehicle travel.
To view the Town of Parker’s full Snow Plowing and Ice Control policy, see a full list of arterial and collector roadways, read FAQs, view our snow route map or learn more about snow operations in Parker, please visit www.ParkerOnline.org/Snow. If you have additional questions, please contact the Engineering and Public Works Department at 303.840.9546.
SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL FROM SIDEWALKS
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to remove snow and ice from all sidewalks adjacent to their property within 48 hours of the end of any snow, sleet or freezing rain. Failure to do so in the specified time frame is a violation of the Town’s Municipal Code and can result in a fine to the homeowner.
Snow left on walks turns into ice and makes for hazardous walking conditions for neighbors, including school children and the elderly. Once notice of violation is given to the homeowner, any snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours. After that time, the Town may make arrangements to have it cleared at the resident’s expense.
Individuals can also reduce the potential for ice by shoveling snow into their yard after a storm rather than into streets and gutters.
More information on snow and ice removal can be found in section 10.01.020 of the Parker Municipal Code.
WINTER TIPS FOR LIVING IN PARKER
- Park vehicles off-street when it snows. This keeps vehicles from being plowed in, protects them from passing vehicles and gives snow plows more space to maneuver.
- Shovel your sidewalks! Don’t forget to shovel sidewalks on your property following a snow event. Per the Town's Municipal Code, property owners must clear all snow and ice from sidewalks within 48 hours after snow stops falling.
- Avoid shoveling or blowing snow into the street. If your street is plowed, some snow will get back on your driveway. We understand that this can be frustrating. You can help by shoveling snow from sidewalks or driveways into your yard as any snow placed in the street will likely be pushed back onto your property by a passing plow. Snow placed in the gutter may also cause recurring icing issues.
- Keep children out of the street. Remind your children to avoid playing on snow piled on the road or in cul-de-sacs. Equipment operators may not see children playing due to low visibility or other causes.
- When driving near a snow plow, slow down and use caution. If you can’t see the snow plow’s mirrors, the driver probably can’t see you.
- For more tips on dealing with winter conditions here in Parker, visit www.ParkerOnline.org/SnowTips.