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Boulder Dodges A Bullet, But Future Snows Could Bring Trouble

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BOULDER, Colo. (CBS) – Friday’s snow did not bring as many problems as anticipated to flood-damaged roads in Boulder County, but officials admit they dodged a bullet.

Crews were most concerned about the roads in Sunshine Canyon, Fourmile Canyon and Linden Drive west of Boulder. Those roads are in very bad shape after the flooding, and that means residents could find themselves cut off if there is significant snowfall.

The impending arrival of winter means a shift in the focus from repairs to keeping roads clear of snow.

“Conditions will be really bad, roads will be slippery and muddy,” said George Gerstle, the Boulder County Transportation Director. “The roads people thought they know won’t be that way any more.

“A lot of the roads that we have rebuilt are still rough. The only way we can clear snow is by using road graders which his much slower and much more difficult to maneuver than the regular snow plows.”

The general plan is to have 30 to 40 pieces of equipment on the roads during snowstorms. They will also ask people living in those areas to try and stay off the roads.

Larimer County also says it will make adjustments to snowplow operations, but it will take them on a case by case basis.

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