The city's Public Works Department is geared up for the 2016–2017 winter season with its snow and ice-control program. During a snow storm, the goal is to clear Priority 1 streets first. Once all Priority 1 streets are considered passable, crews begin plowing and de-icing Priority 2 streets. Starting in 2017, if Littleton receives six or more inches of snow, crews will plow down the center of residential streets when all Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets are clear.
The city's preparedness includes:
- 7 snowplow/sanders and one reserve truck;
- A large motor grader, one front-end loader and two backhoes for cutting ice and significant snow accumulations;
- GPS NAV systems in all trucks to assist drivers on Priority 1 and Priority 2 routes;
- 1,400 tons of Ice Slicer, 10,000 gallons of magnesium chloride (MgCl2);
- 13 operators trained and available 24/7 for snow call-outs;
- 9 employees from the department's Grounds Division for clearing city-owned sidewalks and parking lots.
The Colorado Department of Transportation manages snow and ice control on Santa Fe Drive, Belleview Avenue (east of Federal Boulevard), Platte Canyon Road and C-470.
For pedestrians safety, residents and businesses are required to remove snow from sidewalks and other public right-of-ways on their property (including RTD bus stops) within 24 hours after snow fall has ended.