City of Lethbridge snow and ice crews are fully mobilized and continue to focus plowing and sanding efforts on the busiest arterial roads (Priority 1 routes) throughout the city to ensure they remain clear while the current snow event continues.
Priority 1 routes include : Whoop-Up Drive, University Drive, Métis Trail, Bridge Drive, Mayor Magrath Drive, Scenic Drive, 26 Avenue North, 28 Street North, 1 Avenue South west of Scenic Dr., 5 Avenue North (from Hwy 3 to Stafford Dr.). Priority 1 routes are determined based on traffic volume and road incline.
The snow is forecast to subside over the weekend. When that occurs, snow crews will shift plowing and sanding efforts to Priority 2 and 3 routes, which include major collector roads and bus routes. The maps for all priority routes for roads can be found at www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads.
Crews will also be initiating snow removal starting with Priority 1 routes in the downtown and moving to other Priority 1 routes when the downtown is complete. Snow will be plowed to the middle of the road, in windrows, so vehicles and property access are not blocked with plowed snow. Windrowed snow will then be removed by truck, which will start early next week.
Snow plowing is not conducted in most residential areas with on-street parking as residents have shared concerns about being blocked in by snow piles. However, the City will remove snow in specific residential areas if it becomes impassible for a properly equipped vehicle. In these instances, a service request can be made by calling 403-320-3850.
Whoop-Up Drive Speed Limit
For public safety, the Whoop-Up Drive speed limit remains reduced to 60 km/h until further notice due to winter conditions. Conditions are being monitored around the clock, and updates will be provided as necessary.
Motorists are reminded to adjust their driving for winter road conditions. Use caution when approaching and crossing bridge decks and intersections, and please do not pass snow plows. More information on the City's Snow and Ice Control program is available online at: www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads.
Darwin Juell, Transportation Manager
City of Lethbridge