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The City clears snow on select roads, sidewalks and bicycle routes in priority order, as set out in the seven-day snow plan. The snow plan is activated when a snowfall ends.

Leading up to a snowfall, crews apply anti-icing material to major routes and trouble spots to prevent ice from forming when it snows and temperatures drop. While it’s snowing, and after as needed, they apply salt or pickle, a salt-gravel mixture that prevents ice buildup and improves vehicle traction.

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Day 1

Once the seven-day snow plan has been activated, crews spend the first 24 hours plowing and removing snow on Priority 1 routes, which include:

  • Major roads with more than 20,000 vehicles per day, such as Crowchild Trail and Macleod Trail.
  • Business routes with more than 8,000 vehicles per day, such as those downtown.
  • Other designated routes with high traffic volumes.
For a view of all Priority 1 and 2 roads, visit the Snow and Ice Control Priority Routes map

Day 2

Day 2 in the seven-day plan starts 24 hours after a snowfall ends and crews have completed at least 90 per cent of the work on Priority 1 routes.

Work on Day 2 involves plowing snow from the through-lanes and piling it roadside on Priority 2 routes, as follows:

  • Roads with 5,000-19,999 vehicles per day, such as Kensington Road and Acadia Drive.
  • Traffic-light controlled intersections and crosswalks.
  • Designated emergency routes (e.g. around hospitals and fire stations).
  • Bus routes.
  • Roads with on-street bike lanes.
  • Trouble spots.

Day 3

Day 3 starts 48 after the snow has stopped. During this time, crews focus on clearing the turning lanes and off-ramps on P1 and P2 routes. Crews will also move into residential areas and work on:

  • Designated feeder/collector routes that connect to P2 routes.
  • Playground zones (includes schools).
  • Designated hills.
  • Intersections - stop/yield signs.

Day 4-7

Day 4 starts 72 hours after a snowfall ends. Over the final four days of the snow plan, crews work to make residential roads passable. This means packing down soft snow, levelling out ruts and sanding-salting on through lanes only. The service does not include:

  • Plowing entire street widths, from curb to curb
  • Plowing down to bare pavement
  • Removing snow

During days 4-7, hand crews also work to clear steps, walks and bus pads in residential areas.

 

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