Denver Side Streets Still A Mess

Major roads in Denver are drivable after the blizzard, but that doesn’t mean those living on the side streets can actually get to them.

According to a 9 News report, Denver plows have only made one pass over the city’s side streets, and they won’t be making any more.

Meanwhile, the side streets are still covered with considerable amounts of snow and ice.From the article:

“No one would get down here and plow.  Last night, we finally got a plow and it’s still horrible,” said Travis Craig, a Denver resident.

Craig says the city waited far too long to start plowing side streets, keeping him stranded for three days.

“I think people thought they would see bare pavement when they went outside, but a lot of snow is left on the ground,” said Dan Roberts, director of Street Maintenance.

Roberts says plows cannot spend much time on each street.

“The reality is: the plows were just making a single pass down their street to do their best they could to make it passable. So, people could get out of their neighborhoods and celebrate Christmas with their families,” he said.

This author lives just off of Colfax, and her regular car still can’t manage on the side streets, or even get to the main ones.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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