The Colorado Department of Transportation plows snow from all highways around Durango throughout a storm - with one
exception, agency spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said Thursday.
A policy limiting plowing on low-traffic sections of road that dates from 1984 applies to highways that carry fewer
than 1,000 vehicles day - averaged on an annual basis. The policy means that the least-traveled highways will be
plowed only from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Our policy is not new," Shanks said.
Sections of two highways fall under the policy that calls for plowing only in the 14-hour window, Shanks said:
The 2.08 miles of Colorado Highway 172 north from the New Mexico state line and the 18 miles of Colorado Highway 151
from U.S. Highway 160 to Arboles.
Exceptions may be made for school-bus routes, sections with high accident rates or hospital routes, Shanks said.
But even those sections of Highway 172 and Highway 151 wouldn't be allowed to close, Shanks said. If - at the
discretion of plow operators - the two sections appear in danger of shutting down, they would be cleared, she said.
Otherwise, we have to concentrate on highways that have more traffic," Shanks said.