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Ward 1 News: Snow and Ice Control 2016

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Snow and Ice Control Program Summary

The City of Calgary uses the Seven Day Snow Event Plan, a council approved priority system. The City sands, salts, and plows roads and select sidewalks based on a Council-approved priority system. To see where crews are concentrating their efforts during a snow event on the snow updates page, click here.

Seven Day Snow Event Plan

Day 1
Priority One
- All Priority 1 routes are completely plowed, sanded and salted by the end of the first 24 hours once the snow has stopped.
Priority 1 - Snow and Ice Control Sanding Map
•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.
Priority 2 - Snow and Ice Control Sanding Map  •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
By the end of the day, the Seven Day Snow Event Plan will be complete. We’ll continue to maintain all priority 1 and 2 routes while monitoring the weather forecasts in preparation to do it all again.

Snow and Ice - Useful Links

This year, Roads has set out a number of online tools that serve to better inform residents about snow route parking bans, snow event updates, traffic report, and the road conditions map.
Travel Times
Traffic Report
Road Conditions Map
Snow Updates

Sign up for the Calgary Roads app, which is designed to help you plan your commute during the winter storms.

For more information, please visit the Snow and Ice webpage
To report snow and ice issues on Calgary roads, overpasses and bridges, fill out the online Snow and Ice Control Service Request.

For the most up-to-date information, follow the Transportation Department, on Twitter @yyctransport, or visit

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