Snowy weather is forecast this week, and City of Lethbridge snow and ice crews are ready to mobilize.
This winter, snow and ice control operations will include more comprehensive use of anti-icing material before snow events on busy arterial roads that have uphill and downhill sections. These routes include Whoop-Up Drive, Bridge Drive and 5 Avenue North west of Stafford Drive. Applying this material before it starts snowing delays the formation of ice and prevents snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.
During snow events, initial sanding, salting, and snow clearing efforts will focus on the busiest arterial roads throughout the city, which we identify as Priority 1 routes. These include: Whoop-Up Drive, Métis Trail, University Drive, Bridge Drive, Mayor Magrath Drive, Scenic Drive, 26 Avenue North, 28 Street North, 1 Avenue South west of Scenic Drive, and 5 Avenue North (from Hwy 3 to Stafford Drive). Priority 1 routes are determined based on traffic volume and road incline.
From our snow and ice control operations centre, our staff:
- monitor approaching winter weather systems
- monitor temperature and road conditions on the Whoop-Up Drive bridge
- control variable speed signage and message boards along Whoop-Up Drive
- monitor the movements of sanding and snow-clearing equipment with GPS technology
Motorists are reminded to adjust their driving for winter road conditions and watch for speed limit changes on Whoop-Up Drive due to winter road conditions. Please stay a safe distance behind snow plows and sand trucks.
More information on the City's Snow and Ice Control program is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads.
Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager