We encourage you to do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by clearing all snow and ice from your property's sidewalks, driveways, and mailbox areas within 24 hours after a snowfall. If you are going to be out of town, be sure to arrange with a neighbor or friend who can help clear your sidewalks if a snow storm occurs while you are gone. The HRCA removes snow from its own property, and Douglas County is responsible for snow removal on most public streets in Highlands Ranch. Trails and sidewalks along major arterial or streets are the responsibility of the Highlands Ranch Metro District.
Note: Douglas County is responsible for snow removal on all public streets, but not for private streets in Highlands Ranch.
Highlands Ranch Metro District
Snow Tips for Residents
- Avoid shoveling or blowing snow into the street. If your street is plowed, some snow will get back on your driveway and we understand that this can be frustrating. You can help by shoveling snow from sidewalks or driveways into your yard as any snow placed in the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a passing snow plow. In addition, snow placed in the gutter may cause icing issues.
- Park vehicles off of the street when it snows. This keeps vehicles from being plowed in, protects them from passing vehicles and gives snow plows more space to maneuver.
- Stay at home if possible and avoid the stress of driving in poor weather conditions. Every car left at home reduces the number of potentially stranded vehicles which can slow down plowing operations. When there are fewer vehicles operating on the roadways, the quicker the streets can be cleared.
- Keep children out of the street. Remind your children to avoid playing on snow piled on the road or in cul-de-sacs. Equipment operators may not see children playing due to low visibility or other causes.
- When driving near a snow plow, slow down and use caution. If you can’t see the snow plow’s mirrors, the driver probably can’t see you.