News & Announcements
The Snow and Ice Plan is in effect - It prioritizes service to arterials, collectors, and selected streets that make up the basic network of travel throughout the city. Its intent is to safely move the majority of the City’s traffic and to provide access to police, fire stations, hospital and major medical facilities, senior centers, and schools.
To accomplish that goal, the department crews split the city into five equal geographic areas. Roads within each area are given a priority order from one to three.
Roads in yellow are maintained by the State Department of Transportation—including Cerrillos, St. Francis, St. Michael’s/Old Pecos Trail, Bishop’s Lodge, Hyde Park, North Guadalupe, and Paseo de Peralta. For question or to report poor conditions on one of these roads please call (505) 827-5100.
Plowing of Priority 1, 2, and 3 roads starts as soon as 2” of snow or ice accumulates. For lighter storms, crews will apply sand to city streets based on priority and target known problem areas including steep grades, hazardous intersections, hilly terrain, or other challenges.
“Sanding”—actually a mix of crushed lava rock and rock salt—and/or plowing during storms is carried out on a 24-hour basis, using crews that rotate in shifts, until the storm has cleared. In extreme cold or icy conditions, the City utilizes an ice slicer to break up ice on roadways.