After an approximate snowfall of up to 50 centimetres in 48 hours, District snow clearing crews continue to work around the clock to clean up. During the storm, the focus remained on keeping the “red” priority routes open (transit and emergency routes).
Efforts since the snow has stopped are focused on working throughout the neighbourhoods to remove snow from all streets. Crews have also been focused on overpasses, business area sidewalk letdowns, crosswalks, accessible parking spots and letdowns, and bus stops.
With more snow and heavy rains in the forecast, crews will now focus on “widening out “ the main routes. This is done to ensure that a) we have enough room for snow storage for the next storm expected on Wednesday, and b) to push back snow to the ditch and catch basins to allow for drainage. (A common misconception is that this work is done specifically to clear bike lanes for cyclists at the expense of snowing in pedestrian sidewalks. This is not the case. Widening the roads is done to clear storm drains, which are often in bike lanes).
“Widening out” the streets may cause frustration to residents because the ends of driveways may get filled in. Crews will try to remove significant windrows across driveways as much as possible, however please understand that it is not always possible. We ask all residents for assistance and patience while we do our best to ensure the roads are safe, and to prepare for the upcoming storms.
Crews began clean up work in Brackendale and will head south. If your road has not been plowed yet, please contact the District at 604-815-6868.
Please help a neighbour clear their sidewalk or driveway if they need a hand.
Report a road not cleared: Operations – 604-815-6868
Report a sidewalk not cleared: Bylaw Services – 604-815-5067
February 06, 2017