Heavy snow has now set in, and City of Lethbridge snow clearing crews are focusing on Priority 1 Plowing Routes, the busiest arterial roads, throughout the city over the next 24-48 hours to ensure they remain clear while the current winter storm continues.
Examples of Priority 1 Plowing routes include: Whoop-Up Drive, University Drive, Mayor Magrath Drive, Scenic Drive, 26 Avenue North, and 28 Street North. The Whoop-Up Drive speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h until further notice due to winter conditions.
At midday today, contract graders will begin windrowing snow along Priority 1 Snow Removal routes while City crews continue plowing. Snow accumulations will be significant, so motorists are asked to use caution around windrows.
Reminders for residents:
- We have received numerous complaints about residents shoveling snow onto roads. Residents are urged to help keep neighbourhood roads passable and safe by piling snow from driveways or sidewalks onto their property, not onto the road.
- If a fire hydrant is on or near your property, take a minute while shoveling to clear the snow from the hydrant so it's easier to find in an emergency.
For updates on school bus services or possible disruptions, visit: www.holyspirit.ab.ca or www.lethsd.ab.ca.
Reminder for Lethbridge Transit riders: Due to winter road conditions, Transit buses may experience minor delays. Please check https://myride.lethbridge.ca/TripPlanner for real-time information on bus arrival times. Snow removal is occurring on an ongoing basis at the more than 550 transit stops around the city.
Reminders for motorists:
- Adjust your driving for winter road conditions and allow extra time for travel.
- Use caution when approaching and crossing bridge decks and intersections.
- Maintain a safe distance behind snow plows.
More information on the City's Snow and Ice Control program is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads.
Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager
City of Lethbridge