Boulder considers pilot program to plow some neighborhood streets

Proposal targets slopes, shade and complaints

BOULDER, Colo. - The Boulder City Council will consider a pilot program to "spot plow and treat" some neighborhood streets, starting next Fall.

In a study session Tuesday, the council will hear about the plan.

Currently, Boulder does not routinely plow more than 330 miles of residential streets, a policy similar to that of surrounding cities.

However, because of complaints, the city is looking into starting a pilot program next Fall to plow certain residential streets, targeting roads that have steeper slopes, more shade and the most complaints.

The program would initially be funded from expected salary savings from a vacant transportation maintenance position.

Diana Trettin said the roads in her West Boulder neighborhood are particularly challenging after a snow storm.

"I had to go buy a new Subaru a couple of weeks ago because I couldn’t get out of my driveway," said Trettin. "I couldn’t get out of my driveway, couldn’t get down the street, and if we do make it out because we kind of go downhill a little bit, we can’t get home.

The first year cost is estimated to be $77,000 with the following years estimated to be $57,000.

If it is found to be effective, the program will be included in the 2015 budget. If not, the salary savings will go to street maintenance and repair.

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