Snow snarls local traffic for second straight day

Semitrailer jackknifes on northbound I-25 near Fillmore Street

POSTED: 11:25 PM MST Feb 01, 2014 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs street crews Saturday tried to avoid problems that surfaced during similar weather Friday.

There appeared to be fewer vehicles Saturday that skidded off roads or became stuck.  Crews used the time overnight Friday and much of Saturday to clear most major routes.

Jack Ladley, a supervisor with the city's Streets Division, said the intensity and the timing of Friday's storm -- striking during evening rush hour -- made it more challenging for crews to quickly treat problem areas with sand, salt and liquid de-icer.

"To say that it took us any longer than normal to get from spot to spot, I think would be wrong," he said.  "I will say that just like the citizens, when traffic's out and it's heavy, my trucks are out in that same traffic, and it can take a little longer to get from place to place."

Ladley said crews applied de-icer to selected streets before Friday's storm but didn't plan to do so Saturday, partly because of a shortage of de-icer in the state.

The worst traffic jam Saturday occurred at about 4 p.m. when a semitrailer jackknifed on northbound Interstate 25 near the Fillmore Street exit.  The accident closed the left and center lanes, reducing traffic to one lane for several hours.  The scene was cleared by 8 p.m.  Information about what caused the accident was unavailable late Saturday.