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With more snow forecast, it’s good to remember that we should expect it here in Chaffee County – and be ready for it.

In a message for city residents,  Salida citizens are encouraged to utilize off-commercial street parking during snowstorms. Cars parked on the roadway during snow plowing operations limit the ability to effectively plow the street which can lead to prolonged ice build-up and labor-intensive removal, post-storm.  Salida’s equipment includes a large John Deere 670D road grader, front end loaders, sanders, and numerous dump trucks with plows,  Downtown residents and employees are asked to keep the major streets clear as crews already must navigate around curb bump outs and dining patios and heavy equipment does not turn on a dime.

EVERGREEN, CO – MAY 18: A snowplow clears the highway as a spring snowstorm continues to bear down on much of Colorado on May 18, 2017, in Evergreen, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

During larger snow events, staff will be working to remove snow from the downtown early the following morning, starting as early as 5:00 a.m. This work is generally located between E Street and G Street and between Sackett Street and 4th Street. Access will be intermittent during work activities and on-street parking will be prohibited.  First, F and G Streets are main traffic thoroughfares and key for business access.

Fat Tees staff hard at work before 9:00 a.m. shoveling sidewalk on F Street in Salida. Merrell Bergin photo

Property owners are also reminded of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from sidewalks. Many members of our community highly value the ability to walk in their neighborhoods and business areas.

Ignoring snow removal poses safety hazards, especially when conditions lead to a layer of ice.  Please place the snow in your parkway or yard and not within the roadway.

The Salida Municipal Code governing this requirement is provided below for reference. Sec. 11-2-10. – Removal of snow and ice.

A copy of the complete Municipal Code is available online by visiting:

For more information, please contact Public Work at 719-539-6257.

Featured image: Salida Public Works sanding F Street, following passes by their John Deere 670D road grader. Merrell Bergin photo