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Snow cleanup in high gear

WINNIPEG - JANUARY 03, 2004 - Snow clearing crews were busy overnight as drifting snow clogged the city.

Plowing of residential streets that began Thursday evening was curtailed last night around 8 p.m., as crews shifted their efforts to truck plowing on Priority I (Regional) streets.

As of this morning Priority I streets are clear with a hard packed snow surface. Sanding trucks are working around the clock but roads are slippery and motorists are advised to travel slowly and cautiously.

Plowing of Priority II streets commenced at 7 a.m. this morning and will continue until 11 p.m. tonight.

Overnight crews will resume plowing of residential streets concentrating on heavily blown in areas. The Residential Overnight Parking Ban which prohibits parking between midnight and 6 a.m., on all streets not designated as Snow Routes remains in effect until lifted by the Director of Public Works. Cars parked during the prohibited times are subject to being ticketed.

Sunday morning, beginning 7 a.m., crews will resume cleanup of remaining Priority II streets and clear streets in front of schools.

Sunday evening, at 7 p.m., grader plowing of Priority I streets will begin with completion anticipated by the 7 a.m. morning rush. To aid clearing of these important routes the Major Snowfall Parking Ban has been declared effective midnight Sunday.

This ban prohibits parking on Snow Routes between midnight and 6 a.m. Vehicles parked during the prohibited hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. (e.g. Motorists parking on Snow Routes on Sunday evening must be gone by midnight).

The Major Snowfall Parking Ban will be lifted at 06:01 a.m. Monday morning (Jan. 5).

Plowing of residential streets will resume Monday morning at 7 a.m. with completion anticipated by Wednesday. Plowing of Priority I and Priority II sidewalks is underway and will continue around the clock. Priority III walk plowing will commence on Tuesday or Wednesday and last for approximately 5 days.

Back lanes are being plowed around the clock and should be completed by Monday morning.

Cost of the snow clearing that began last Saturday is estimated at $2 million.



Last update: 21.01.2004

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