The lessons learned from the 2013-2014 winter were put into good use to improve how The City of Calgary will deal with future snow emergencies. I am happy to announce that based on constituent and council feedback, Roads has made several new changes that will be implemented for 2014-2015.
Some of those changes include:
• Contractors on demand
• Contract crews for snow fences
• Contingency plan for trouble spots in Priority 1 and 2 Routes
• More city crews on the road to report extreme weather conditions
• Specialized add-on equipment for cul de sacs and tricky areas
• New 24 hour countdown clock for snow events
Priority 1 Routes - These roads will be sanded within 24 hours after the snow has stopped, and include major commuter roadways:
• With traffic volumes that exceed 20,000 vehicles per day like Macleod Trail or Crowchild Trail
• In the Central Business District that carry more than 8000 vehicles per day
Priority 2 Routes -These roads will be sanded within 48 hours after the snow stops falling and include:
• Roads with traffic volumes between 5,000 and 19,999 vehicles per day like Kensington Road or Acadia Drive
• Designated emergency routes
• Roadways with marked on-street bike lanes
• Trouble spots like bridge decks, ramps and hills
Priority 3 & 4 Routes - These roads will be cleared within 3-6 days after snow has stopped falling. They include:
• School and playground zones
• Residential areas
Note that no residential streets will be plowed, only cleared. Due to the exceptional amount of snow last year, The City decided to make an exception.
See 7 day snow event plan below:
Snow Route Parking Bans
Snow Route parking bans are temporary parking restrictions that are put into effect when crews need to clear significant accumulations of snow off city streets. Parking bans are declared by The City and can last up to 72 hours. Cars must remain off Snow Routes until the ban is lifted.
Roads evaluates the Snow Route parking ban program every year to identify areas for improvement. 70 km of Snow Routes have been removed for the 2014/2015 winter season, to better meet the needs of both citizens and operations. Changes are being made to Snow Routes in the 2014-2015 winter season in an effort to provide Calgarians with the best possible curb-to-curb plowing service, while also maintaining reasonable on-street parking alternatives, and to better align with Calgary Transit's bus routes.
In Ward 1, please note that some segments have been removed and others added. If a snow route was removed from a parking ban network, it will still receive snow and ice control, however, it will no longer benefit from curb-to-curb snow removal. Work is currently underway to remove signage from discontinued snow routes.
New snow routes will be marked by blue and white snowflake signs. Affected residents will be notified of any changes by mailed letters. Go to Calgary.ca to see updated details and maps by searching Snow Route parking bans.
Things to remember about Snow Route parking bans:
• This year snow routes are being primarily restricted to Priority 1 routes and bus routes only
• Citizens can download the City of Calgary Roads App or sign up for email alerts to be notified of Snow Route parking ban advisories and declarations
• All queries involving parking enforcement during Snow Route parking bans can be directed to the Calgary Parking Authority
Snow and Ice Control on Pathways
The City of Calgary Parks is committed to keeping Calgarians on the move on the 300 kilometres of the 800 kilometre pathway system that is approved for snow clearing.
Factors taken into consideration when determining which pathways are snow-cleared include:
• Pathway use during winter
• The steepness of the pathway and the safety of both citizens who use the pathway and Parks crews who maintain it
• Whether the pathway is required for access to LRT stations, schools, business districts or recreation centres
• Whether the pathway connects to or is part of the primary cycling network
Parks discourages citizens from clearing pathways that are steep and unsafe for snow removal, and may become extremely icy during melt/freeze conditions.
For more information on snow clearing on pathways, or to report a concern visit Calgary.ca/snow.
Snow and Ice Control on Sidewalks
Shovelling snow on sidewalks is a necessity as snow accumulations present a public safety concern. Animal & Bylaw Services focuses on the snow clearing of residential private property sidewalks as part of The City’s Street Bylaw. Owners/occupants are responsible for the complete removal of snow and ice from all sidewalks adjacent to the front or side of their property within 24 hours after the snow stops falling.
Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks can be very challenging for older adults and persons with limited mobility. Older adults or others with limited mobility may suffer severe injuries in a fall on ice and/or snow. Citizens are asked to be a Snow Angel by adopting a sidewalk to keep clear for someone in their neighbourhood this winter.
If someone has helped cleared a walk, citizens are asked to call 311 so the Snow Angel can be officially recognized.
Some things to remember about snow and ice control on sidewalks:
• If a complaint is filed through 311 regarding an unshovelled sidewalk, a Bylaw officer is dispatched to inspect the property in person.
• If the walk is unshovelled, a Warning Notice is issued to the homeowner.
• If someone receives a Warning Notice they have 24 hours to remove the snow from the sidewalks.
• The minimum cost for snow removal is $166 and will increase from there depending on the time and effort required to clear the sidewalk.
For more information or to report a sidewalk snow clearing concern please visit Calgary.ca/snow
Snow and Ice Control Policy
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