Snow problems on Colorado highways

TitleSnow problems on Colorado highways
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1949
AuthorsStewart, D. N.
Conference Name17th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 17th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1949
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationDenver, Colorado
KeywordsSnow removal equipment, Snow removal from roads

The Colorado State Highway Department maintains 4000 miles of roads. The altitudes of these roads vary from 3,400 to 11,992 feet. Yearly snowfall averages range form 15.4 in. To 389.4 inches. The basic snow removal equipment consists of 217 heavy 4-wheel drive trucks equipped with reversible blade plows, 19 light trucks for light snowfalls, 18 heavy tractors to open high drifts, 16 rotary plows, and 19 rotary wideners for widening snow paths and removing packed snow from road edges. Light trucks are used for spreading abrasives on slippery roads. The cost of snow removal in 1947 was $426,000. Details are described of assignment of men and equipment and rotations of long hours.