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CDOT, DPS Plows Ready To Hit The Streets

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(credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4) – Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation on Tuesday said they plan to spread solid de-icer on roads in Denver and across the metro area as cold temperatures and snow move in.

The Denver area is expected to get several inches of snow with a snowstorm that began moving into the Front Range Tuesday evening.

Snow removal crews were set to go on “full snow shift” starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. There will be about 100 plows out on roads in the metro area, in Castle Rock and in parts of the Eastern Plains.

“Crews will work 12-hour shifts until the roads are clear of snow and ice,” CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane wrote in a prepared statement on Tuesday morning. “Motorists should expect winter driving conditions for the evening commute as well as tomorrow morning’s commute.”

Officials said they will use solid de-icer because of the very cold temperatures.

“Unfortunately, with the extreme cold temperatures it may not be possible to prevent all the ice, and so motorists very well need to be aware that icy conditions are going to exist in the snowstorm,” Crane told CBS4.

Crews didn’t pre-treat roads to avoid unnecessary slickness. It can also be a waste of material.

Denver Public Works will have about 70 plows to treat city streets with the same plan of attack. DPS says since forecasters are calling for less than 12 inches of snow they won’t be calling for residential plows.

“We do want to warn people that the side streets will be slick,” a DPS official said.

DPS says they will continue to evaluate the situation as the snow falls and possibly then make their way onto side streets.

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