The City of Aspen has tested various deicing chemicals in the search for an environmentally safe, effective, and affordable alternative to sanding the roads. We are currently applying no type of deicer chemicals to any street maintained by the City of Aspen.
The Street Department uses an average of 389 tons of 3/8’’ washed chip rock per winter season to improve traction on the City streets. This material is hard and dustless, thereby helping to reduce dust/PM-10 in the air. The City applies sanding material in the commercial core, on Main Street, and on bus/emergency vehicle routes and roads that have steep grades. Gravel is also applied at major intersections where stopping and turning are difficult.