Useful Information for the Snowy Season


311 App
Snow Dumps – A conditions assessment was conducted by a consultant and both dumps require significant repair in the coming years. For this reason, it is closed to private contractors.
Snow Fences – Current strategy for the new season is already in place.  All requests will be forwarded to next year while studies are done to determine need
Anti-icing program
Prior to a snowfall, a calcium chloride, anti-icing solution is applied to designated roadways around the city. This environmentally-friendly compound helps prevent ice and snow from accumulating on the road during a snowfall.  Several residents have already asked about this.  It increases the effectiveness of the solution.
Once the last snowflake falls the seven day plan begins
Day 1 
Priority One – All Priority 1 routes are completed by the end of the first 24 hours after the snow has stopped.
·         Major roadways with traffic volumes exceeding 20,000 vehicles per day, like Crowchild Trail and Macleod Trail.
·         Central Business District streets which carry 8,000+ vehicles per day.
·         Designated routes on high-traffic-volume arterial roads.
·         Roadways which facilitate marked, on-street bike lanes.
At the end of this day, you will be able to check if a snow route parking ban is in effect.
Day 2
Priority Two – Within 48 hours after the snow has stopped, all Priority 2 routes will have been plowed, sanded and salted.
·         Roads which carry 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles per day, like Kensington Road and Acadia Drive.
·         Traffic lights and controlled crosswalks.
·         Designated emergency routes (hospital, police and fire stations).
·         Bus routes.
·         Roadways with marked, on-street bike lanes.
·         Problem areas.
Priority one and two streets will be maintained simultaneously.
Day 3
Priority Three and Four – Work begins on Priority 3 & 4 routes in residential areas.
·         Designated feeders collector routes.
·         School and playground zones.
·         Designated hills.
·         Stop/yield signs.

Day 4, 5 and 6
Priority Three and Four – Work on Priority 3 & 4 routes continues including steps, walks and clearing of bus pads.
·         Residential school and playground zones.
·         Designated hills.
Day 7
We continue to maintain all priority 1 and 2 routes and all bus pads are complete. We’re monitoring the weather forecasts and getting ready to do it all again.
If, after 3 days it snows again, the plan resets and the 7 day cycle starts anew.
This handy map allows you to view priority snow and ice control routes, as well as traffic cameras and the location of plows and sanders.  You can view a screenshot of up to the minute road conditions by clicking on one of the cameras.  This is all accessible through the 311 Road Conditions App
Echelon: staggered snow plowing – most efficient way possible to clear roads.
Keep sidewalks adjacent to businesses and homes clear within 24 hours after snowfall
Remove any vehicles from Snow Routes during an advisory or declaration.
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