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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Winter woes: how to tackle ice

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Along with its beauty, Colorado winter can bring challenges. Whether you have lived in Colorado for many years, or just moved to the area, it takes time to adapt to the ways of winter. This year in particular, Castle Rock has experienced several significant storms, and ice has begun to build up on sidewalks and streets. 

The Town’s Public Works and Water departments work in partnership to tackle the issue of ice. Along with the Town’s ice-control methods, residents can be of great help. Here are few things to consider when managing ice around your home:

  • It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain sidewalks, curbs, and gutters free and clear of obstructions, such as ice and snow. Per Town Code, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters are to be cleared of snow within 48 hours following a snow event.
  • If possible, park vehicles off the street.
  • When shoveling sidewalks and driveways, place the snow onto grassy areas, to help with winter watering, and not into the street or gutter.
  • As a standard industry practice, residential properties drain snowmelt and excessive water over the surface of the sidewalk, or out the backyard. This can lead to additional ice from freeze/thaw cycles. Appropriate precautions should be taken while walking in snowy and icy conditions.
  • Clearing sidewalks should entail frequent and periodic shoveling and could require chemical ice melt products to properly address the ice.
  • To avoid icy sidewalks, residents should also shovel the gutter to keep it free flowing, and when possible, keep drainage structures clear. This will help ice from building up in these areas.

The Town does provide ice breaking within roadways between each gutter for extreme situations. Residents can all Public Works at 303-660-1020 to request assistance.

Once an ice issue is brought to the Town’s attention, the area is systematically evaluated and then prioritized on a list for follow-up treatment. When needed, ice breaking is also prioritized based on the severity of ice buildup in the roadway as well as traffic volume.

It should be noted that not all icy areas will be cleaned up by the Town, but rather left to melt on its own. If you believe excessive ice is due to a water leak, call Castle Rock Water at 720-733-6000 for a water usage check.

Thank you for your assistance as we work cooperatively to combat these ice issues that are so common to Colorado winters.

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