Arvada townhome owner blames CDOT snowplows for fence damage

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ARVADA, Colo. -- A townhome owner in Arvada blamed speeding Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow drivers for damaging the community’s fence along West 64th Avenue earlier this year.

Randy Dutton said CDOT was refusing to pay for the damages that he believes it caused. So he reached out to the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers for answers.

“The faster they go, the more force that snow has behind it,” Dutton said.

Dutton said the first issue popped up during a snowstorm in March when the fence was badly damaged. He believes a snowplow might have hit a chunk of sidewalk, sending it flying into the fence.

When he contacted CDOT, he said he was told it was not responsible.

“And they said, 'No way, we didn't do that, a car hit it,’” he said.

The March damage was extensive and the cause is debatable. But Dutton said the damage after an April snowstorm is pretty clear to him.

“We’ve got several sections of fence that were pushed back from the column from the impact of the heavy, wet snow,” he said. “There was no car impact here. I mean, you can tell just by looking.”

Dutton said it wasn’t just one column that was damaged. He showed five columns where the fence was detached from the anchor bolts and the brick columns were damaged as well.

He said the fence was 5 years old and he think he knows the reason it was damaged so badly.

“[The snowplow drivers] drive too fast,” he said. “All they need to do is slow down, you know, instead of blasting through here at 40, 50 miles an hour.”

Dutton said the homeowners association tried to get CDOT to pay for the repairs, with no luck so far.

“Everybody here pays a dues to maintain this place, and we don't have an extra $15,000 to $20,000 to repair this fence every time CDOT feels like getting in a hurry and driving down this road too fast,” he said.

CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said she is aware of the complaints.

“The homeowner reached out to us and suggested that because our plows were coming through, and they pushed the snow, that somehow it damaged their fence,” she said.

But Ford said she had to let the complaints go through the state insurance claims process. And at this point, she can’t say if CDOT is responsible for the damage or not.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, Ford suggests contacting the State Risk Management Department at 303-866-3848 or 800-268-8092.