Road & Curb Repair
The Street Division repairs potholes, sunken roadway areas, and in certain instances curbs and gutters. Areas dangerous to pedestrians or vehicles should be reported to Public Works, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
Street Cut/Excavation Permit
Per City Code Chapter 12.04, no alteration or change of any public street or its adjacent gutters, drains, driveways, sides, curbs or sidewalks shall be allowed without a permit being issued. View and submit an online application. Please note that submitted excavation permit requests must be approved by the Street Superintendent and this process can take up to seven (7) business days.
From April through November, the Street Division sweeps busy arterial and collector streets an average of every ten days. Residential streets are swept an average of four times every ten days. Following snowstorms, the City sweeps sand and debris from arterial and collector streets as soon as possible. Minor collector and residential streets that have been sanded are swept every three weeks, weather permitting.
To report an area that needs immediate attention, please use SeeClickFix. For additional information contact Public Works, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
Snow Removal & Ice Control
Public Service’s snow removal priority is to first plow and sand the school bus routes once a snowstorm begins. After these streets are in an acceptable condition, the City starts plowing residential streets. View Snow Event Plow map (pdf)..
During a snow emergency, our road crews work around the clock to clear roadways. You may not see plows and spreader trucks on secondary routes, as our crews are working to keep primary routes open. Typically, it will take up to eight hours to plow and sand Manitou’s streets during a heavy snow.
One thing is for sure, Manitou Springs has many windy and narrow roads that make winter driving extra difficult. We use two methods to help treat and prevent ice buildup on these roads: deicer and sand.
Liquid deicer is placed before snow and ice storms in "problem" roads and intersections that are prone to ice buildup. This deicer is a saltwater compound that works only above temperatures of 16 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sand is placed ON TOP of ice and snow to increase vehicle traction. Please note: sand below snow and ice REDUCES traction and can result in making road conditions more unsafe. This is why our streets crews work to clean-up loose sand and gravel on the roadways after a snowstorm!
Please note that snowplowing operations will result in windrows blocking driveway entrances. Property owners are responsible for clearing snow from their driveway entrances and sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowstorm’s end.
The City of Manitou Springs requests that residents assist with snow removal in the following ways:
- Snow should not be shoveled into a driveway or into the street, as this will require additional plowing. Rather, snow should be shoveled onto lawns or close to the curb.
- In heavy snows, parking spaces should be sacrificed to pile snow.
These efforts will allow passage of emergency vehicles and other vehicular traffic.