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Snow and ice control update - November 2019

Final update as of Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m. from Adam Campbell, Transportation Operations Manager

  • Forecasted weather conditions 
    • Cold and calm for the weekend with light chinooks starting on Sunday and carrying on through the week
  • City crews worked downtown and are continuing to tend to roads and problems areas
  • Contract graders will start up again at 7 p.m. to focus on snow removal for Priority 1 snow removal routes. This will create windrows in the middle of the road on narrower roads. Motorists are asked to drive with caution as windrows decrease the width of lanes.
    • Our plan is to only use snow removal on Priority 1 snow removal routes at this time. 
  • Snow removal is scheduled to start at 1pm today following a kickoff meeting with the contractors
  • Plows & sanders are out on the roads working all of the priority plowing/sanding & ice control routes, triaging/responding to requests.

Update as of Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m. from Adam Campbell, Transportation Operations Manager

  • Weather conditions:
    • Winds shifted to the north yesterday afternoon and we received an additional 10-15 cm since yesterday
    • For the rest of the day, there is only another 3 cm forecasted
    • Starting Sunday, winds are scheduled to switch to the west/southwest
    • We are still scheduled to warm up in the coming week but not much past 0 degrees
  • Crews were out all night managing priority 1 routes. With the snow letting up, we hope to start work on priority 2 routes by the end of the day
  • City graders and loaders remain out clearing up hot spots for drifting across the city
  • From my travels, the main challenge for most residents seems to be getting out of their driveways or away from the curbs. Roads are generally passable
  • Graders are lined up to start windrowing downtown, the hospital and then all other Priority 1 Snow Removal routes starting at 7 p.m. tonight. Our plan is to have the graders work until 7 a.m., stop during the day on Friday, and then resume their work on Friday evening. If everything goes well, we hope to have these areas done in two, 12 hour shifts.
  • Snow removal is planned to start at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. We expect it will take 4-7 days to pick up all of the windrows on priority 1 routes. This is heavily dependent on equipment reliability as snow blowing is really hard on the blowers themselves.

Please adjust your driving for winter road conditions and always stay a safe distance behind snow plows and sand trucks. We know there is a lot of snow to shovel from your driveways but please remember to avoid shovelling the snow on the road, as it can make the roads even more difficult to navigate.

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