How we plow. Be WinterWise. Things to do this week
Oct. 10, 2019
How the city plows our streets
Here we go—snow is here. The good news is that the
city of Aurora is ready. Aurora has more than 90 pieces of snow
removal equipment ready to plow 1,500 miles of roadway depending
on a winter storm’s severity.
In an average year, the city spends a little over
$2 million on plowing operations—roughly $7.50 per resident.
During a storm, roads are cleared in this order:
routes—the major arterial and collector streets that provide
access to emergency services (police/fire stations, hospitals,
etc.)—are treated first. All efforts will be made to keep them
open and maintained, which often means running the routes
repeatedly to ensure they remain passable.
routes—minor collector streets that allow access to schools,
businesses, grocery stores and service stations—are plowed
second. Based on a storm’s severity, these routes will be kept
open and maintained if possible during a snow storm.
Three and Four routes—including a portion of the neighborhood
streets and rural roads—are lower priority routes that are plowed
as resources allow but only after the Priority One and Two routes
are clear. Once Priority Three and Four routes are complete, a
plow has come within a few blocks of every Aurora home.
Crews from several city departments band together
to work the plows—often around the clock. They need plenty of
room to operate because plows travel slowly to maximize plowing
capabilities and have difficulty seeing motorists due to blind
spots. When a storm becomes so large that life safety is
compromised and safety personnel cannot access an area, the
city’s Public Works Department director may decide that all
neighborhood streets will be plowed. That’s another 675 miles of
Generally, the most significant storms happen in
the spring or fall when sunny days allow road conditions to
improve rapidly—well before plows could reach many smaller
residential streets. In addition, most residents would have
cleared their driveways and vehicles parked on the street.
Plowing would block those drives and plow in those street-parked
Residents with a medical condition or who need
special access during or after a snow storm may call the police
non-emergency line at 303.627.3100. They will coordinate with
Public Works to make sure the caller’s address is accessible.
For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. For
information on city closures due to severe weather conditions,
call Access Aurora at 303.739.7000, visit AuroraGov.org,
or follow us on social media at @AuroraGov. To review the snow
plan and snow removal maps, visit AuroraGov.org/Snow.
Annual Festival of Wreaths
This festive annual fundraiser features wreaths
generosity sponsored and decorated by businesses,
organizations and individuals. Sponsorship forms are
available through October. Funds support programs at the
Aurora History Museum.
Be prepared. Be proactive. Reduce the risk of
weather-related problems by preparing your home, car and family
in advance for emergencies and by observing safety
The city of Aurora's Office of Emergency
Management has prepared a WinterWise guide
to help your household prepare for and respond to winter weather
conditions. WinterWise provides details on what to include in an
emergency kit, how to prepare your home and vehicle for the
winter, how to keep your family and pets safe in extreme
cold-weather conditions, and where to seek additional resources.
City Council Town Meetings • Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 to
7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave. • Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, Oct. 24,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place • Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, Nov. 13,
6:30 to 8 p.m. City Cafe, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Second Floor Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. (Mornings with
Marsha) Tin Cup Cafe, 50 S. Peoria St. • Ward IV (Charlie Richardson) - Thursday, Oct. 17,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Garden Plaza of Aurora, 14221 E. Evans Ave. • Ward V (Bob Roth) - No November meeting scheduled.
• Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6
to 8 p.m. City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center, 25950
E. Quincy Ave. AuroraGov.org/Council
City Council Special Study Session Monday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m. Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway,
Aurora Room AuroraGov.org/Council • Streamed
live at AuroraTV.org
Aurora Senior Forum Friday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caregivers can find tools and support from
exhibitors and presentations. The event is a partnership between
the Aurora Center for Active Adults and the Aurora Commission for
Seniors. Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle AuroraGov.org/SeniorForum
"Miss You Like Hell" Through Oct. 13 This folk-rock musical kicks off the Aurora Fox Arts
Center's new season with the story of an undocumented immigrant
woman who joins her estranged daughter on a cross-country road
trip to California, meeting a mosaic of characters along the way
who are as diverse and interesting as America itself. Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets: AuroraFox.org
Lunch & Learn Panel: Historic Preservation Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon to 12:45 p.m. Learn about historic preservation and landmarking
historic sites in Colorado with experts from History Colorado,
Aurora Historic Sites and Historic Denver. Bring your own lunch.
Cost: $4 ($3 for Aurora residents) Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway AuroraMuseum.org
Harry Potter Trivia at Launch Pad Brewery Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Calling all witches and wizards – grab a pint of
Butterbeer and put your history of magic knowledge to the test to
win prizes. Teams of up to four people. Organized by Aurora Public Library Launch Pad Brewery, 884 S. Buckley Road AuroraLibrary.org
Southeast Area Recreation Center Public Meeting Thursday, Oct. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. View the near-final plans for the new recreation
center in southeast Aurora. Also, vote on the exterior concepts
for the building's look. Stop by anytime between 5 and 7 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served and activities offered for
children. Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Main Hall, 25690 E.
Quincy Ave. AuroraGov.org/Recreation or call
Halloween Fun @ Aurora Public Library Join the Halloween fun at the library with
spooktacular events for all ages. Visit website for
events starting Oct. 25. Various locations AuroraLibrary.org
Short Film Festival Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 to 5 p.m. Celebrate the autumn film festival circuit with
Aurora Public Library at our own short film festival. We’ll be
showing a variety of short films for you to enjoy–or
critique–through the streaming film service Kanopy. Stay for a
few or stay for them all. Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway AuroraLibrary.org
Katharina Kang Fine Art Studio Group Exhibition Through 31 (Open during Aurora Municipal Center
business hours) Come see the artworks of first-generation immigrant
woman at this 15th annual exhibition. Aurora Municipal Center Mezzanine Gallery, Second
Floor, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway AuroraGov.org/PublicArt