Snow and Ice Control Program Route Map
Need to travel during a snow event? Plan your route by car, bus and multi-use paths
Like many Front Range communities, the City of Boulder does not plow all streets, because often the sun and warmer temperatures will melt the snow soon after a storm ends. The City of Boulder clears all multi-use paths for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
The City of Boulder prioritizes clearing major streets that provide emergency access to critical infrastructure. If you need to travel during a snow event or are looking for the most efficient way to get around after the snow stops, use this map to learn what streets, bus stops and multi-use paths are plowed.
Enter your address in the upper right-hand corner of the map to find plowed routes and bus stops near you, or click here to view a larger map.
- Primary streets (dark blue) provide regional connections and access to emergency services and are plowed most frequently.
- Secondary streets (light blue) provide access to schools, hospitals and Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus routes. Secondary streets include some residential streets that have a lot of shade and steep slopes, making conditions icier for longer.
- Conditional streets (dotted blue line): When the forecast calls for eight or more inches of snow or temperatures below freezing for 72 consecutive hours, snow crews will plow predesignated residential streets with steep slopes .
- Multi-use paths and on-street bike lanes (purple) : Snow crews begin plowing on-street bike lanes on primary and secondary streets, as well as the city's major multi-use paths, at the same time as the streets. On-street bike lanes may require an extra pass with the snow plow, resulting in a potential delay in being completely cleared. Of the multi-use paths, the Boulder Creek and Broadway paths are plowed first, followed by the Foothills Parkway path and other Greenways paths.
- Critical connections (red): Snow crews plow "critical connections"—areas between frequently used on-street bike routes and multi-use paths—in order to improve linkages for cyclists and pedestrians during snowy conditions.
- Bus stops: Snow crews plow 47 high-use bus stops twice a day, or to the extent that human and financial resources permit. RTD and the University of Colorado Boulder plow other high ridership stops (not pictured in the map above). Snow removal is performed at the remaining RTD transit stops on a limited basis by city staff or contractors, typically by request only. Buses will allow passengers to board and get off even if bus stops aren't cleared; please exercise extra caution if your stop isn't cleared.
After priority streets are cleared, snow crews will respond to requests for snow removal as conditions and availability allow. Emergency requests and requests from emergency personnel will be prioritized before other requests. For snow operations queries and requests, visit InquireBoulder or call Snow Dispatch at 303-413-7109 (operational 24/7 during snowstorms).