We’ve already seen a dusting of snow, and we know more is on
its way! The City of Calgary has all the snow
information you will need this season.
The City of Calgary works hard to keep Calgarians on the
move. Here’s how:
Roads can respond to snow and ice 24-7
- Crews and equipment are at work 24 hours a day to ensure an immediate
- Sanders and plows are
equipped with a real-time GPS system that tells us exactly which roadways have
been sanded, salted, or plowed.
The City has a planned, measured response to snow and ice that keeps roads safe.
- The City provides a responsive service that can be immediately
adapted to changing road conditions.
helps prevent snow and ice buildup by applying a calcium chloride solution to
designated roads before a snowfall.
- City of
Calgary Roads crews carefully monitor weather and road conditions to ensure that
the right amount and type of both equipment and material is being used to
respond to snow events.
Priority System: 7 Day snow event plan
The City’s 7 daysnow event plan begins as soon as the snow stops falling. Roads sands, salts,
and plows roads and sidewalks based on a Council-approved priority system. This
keeps the greatest number of vehicles moving safely in the shortest period of
time and ensures Roads has the right amount of people and equipment maintaining
the road at the right time.
Day 1 - Priority
- Priority 1 routes are cleared within the first 24 hours
after the snow stops falling.
- Priority 1
roads include streets in the Central business district with traffic volumes
exceeding 8,000 vehicles per day and
with traffic volumes of 20, 000 or more vehicles per day, such as Macleod
Trail, Glenmore Trail, Blackfoot Trail, etc.
- The downtown cycle track network and public sidewalks (owned
by The City/no adjacent property owner).
Day 2 - Priority
- Priority 2 routes are cleared within 48 hours after the snow
- These are
the roads that carry 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles per day.
- All marked, on-street bike routes
- Designated emergency
routes (adjacent to hospitals and police and fire stations)
to 7 - Priority 3
feeders, collectors and bus routes at:
- School and
- Bus stops.
to 7 - Priority 4
areas at school and
playground zones and designated
Snow Clearing on
All cycle tracks are on Priority 1 roads, so will be cleared
within 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling.
For property managers and business owners:
- Snow is to be cleared and stored at the edge of the sidewalk (between the tree line/ light pole and the curb).
- The pedestrian space should be cleared as much as possible.
The City’s immediate concern is to get the roadways clear so
people can travel on them. Once City crews finish clearing the roads, The City
will evaluate the snow storage areas and remove the snow piles, or windrows, as
Snow and ice control equipment includes sweepers, sanders,
small tractors and a multi-function piece of equipment that blows or lifts snow
directly into a tandem, as well having a blade and broom and small sander unit
The amount of snow on the ground, whether snow continues to
fall or stops, and the temperature all affect the amount of time needed to
clear the cycle track. Thank you for your patience.
How you can help
- First and foremost, drive with caution and watch for our crews.
- Keep a safe distance - help our crews do their jobs by staying three car lengths behind sanders and plows.
- No sudden moves (braking, lane changes, etc.).
- Provide enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Ensure you have appropriate tires.
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