Snow clearing update

Released: December 23, 2015 at 11:37 a.m.
Plowing focused on main routes, bus routes and collector streets

Winnipeg, MB - Due to the overnight snow, plowing and salting and sanding is in progress on main routes, bus routes and collector streets to improve roadway conditions. Plowing of sidewalks on main routes is also underway and will be completed in priority order. Back lane plowing will begin today at noon.

The following plowing and ice control activities are underway:

Priority 1 streets (regional) - Plowing is underway on main routes, and will continue through to completion. Salting and sanding operations are continuing to improve traction.

Priority 2 street (collector/bus routes) - Salting and sanding continues. Once the truck plowing of main routes is complete, truck plows will then begin clearing bus routes and collector streets.

Priority 3 streets (residential) - Crews will be sanding and addressing drifting on residential streets where required. The City is continuing to monitor the condition of residential streets.

Priority 1, 2 and 3 sidewalks - Plowing of sidewalks on main routes is underway and will be followed by plowing of sidewalks on bus routes and collector streets, and then sidewalks on residential streets.

Back lanes - Lane clearing will begin today at noon and will continue day-time only until completed.

The estimated cost of current operations is approximately $1 million.

As outlined in the Council Approved Policy on Snow and Ice Control, sanding and plowing efforts will initially be focused on 1) main routes (Priority 1), and 2) bus routes and collector streets (Priority 2).

Parking Ban

Only the regular Snow Route Parking Ban is in effect at this time, meaning parking is prohibited between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on streets displaying “Snow Route” signs.

Snow routes are clearly marked with signs like these:

Snow Route Signs

Stay Back, Stay Safe

Over 150 pieces of heavy equipment will be used for this snow clearing operation so motorists are urged to drive to road conditions, and to use extreme caution when driving near any snow clearing equipment or sanding trucks.

Parking ban notification

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