City Street Crews still battling December snow; Ice removal could delay important road projects

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - It's been days since the Grand Valley has seen snow falling from the sky, but Grand Junction City Street Crews say they're still tackling what's left on the ground from December and officials say the extra work could create problems for them and drivers later in the year.

City officials say when the big storms hit in December, their course of action was to remove the snow from the road and push it into gutters and drainage pans.

But with the cold weather we've had recently, they say that decision has become a double-edged sword. The snow the plows pushed to the side melted and froze, making intersections and places where people walk like ice skating rinks.

Tuesday, City crews spent time along Moonridge Circle clearing out excess snow and ice from the road and along drainage pans.

Officials say crews typically spend this part of year doing things like patching up potholes, replacing shoulders, and filling cracks in roads but because of the extra work load clearing the ice, those other projects are being pushed back.

"I would say definitely we're gonna have some issues this spring trying to keep maintenance up with potholing and doing a lot of patching and those types of things that in a normal winter we would have been able to get to," says Darren Starr, Grand Junction city streets manager.

Officials say the ice removal is not impacting the city's snow removal budget.

They say areas near schools, nursing homes, and places with a lot of foot traffic are their top priorities when it comes to ice removal.

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