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Quick Facts About the City's Snow Removal Program


With colder temperatures on the way, find out what the city does and what your responsibilities are when snow arrives. 

Planning for snow and ice removal begins well before winter. Each year, equipment is prepared and crews are trained. Boulder strives to provide timely information and support safety for all modes of travel during snow events. 

Q: Does the city clear every road and path in Boulder of snow? 

Answer: City snow crews maintain emergency routes, primary and secondary streets, on-street bike lanes, streets with steep slopes, 100% of multi-use paths and designated bus stops. Access to hospitals, schools, transit and critical infrastructure is prioritized. 

Q: Do community members have to shovel their sidewalks? 

Answer: Accumulations of snow and ice after a snowfall or snowdrift must be removed as promptly as possible and no later than 24 hours after snow stops falling. Sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice as needed after the first shoveling. 

Q: What if I'm physically unable to remove snow from my sidewalk? 

Answer: Senior citizens and physically disabled persons who are unable to clear snow from their sidewalks may receive assistance through the Cultivate SnowBusters Program. Call 303-442-1933 for more details and enrollment information. 

For more information about the city's Snow and Ice Removal program, visit:

Published: Nov. 19, 2019