Technology Key For City Snow Removal Tactics

Although the official start of the winter season isn't for another week, the Grand Valley has already seen above average snow fall and for the City of Grand Junction, technology is leading the way for snow and ice removal.

On average, Grand Junction sees just 4" of snow a year and for more than 100 years, the city did not even own snow removal equipment.

"For years, we've simply let the sun do the work for us," Grand Junction Street Systems Supervisor Doug Cline said.

Already this season, the city is above the average snowfall and then there's the unexpected.

"For those of us who have lived here for a while, we can all remember some pretty severe winters," Grand Junction Public Works and Utilities Director Mark Relph said.

From snow squalls to whiteouts, the city's snow plan has an approach to any situation and then there's technology.

"We (Grand Junction) and the nation as a whole have become fairly sophisticated as far as the science of snow and ice removal goes," Relph said.

Sensors embedded in some of Grand Junction's roadways relay information on temperature, conditions and even chemical melter levels, all of which is sent directly to the city's snow desk.

The snow desk is Grand Junction's winter hub, running 24 hours a day during the duration of a storm and combines the road sensor data with private forecasting information to set a plan of attack for the city's seven snow plows.

And despite Grand Junction's minuscule snowfall amounts, the steps taken are also in accordance to the city's expansion.