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Ward 11 News: Snow and Ice Removal

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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 response.
  • 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.
  • Anti-icing 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 1

  • 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
  • Roadways 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 2

  • Priority 2 routes are cleared within 48 hours after the snow stops falling.
  • 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)
  • Problem areas.

Days 3 to 7 - Priority 3

  • Designated feeders, collectors and bus routes at:
  • School and playground zones.
  • Designated hills.
  • Stop/yield signs.
  • Bus stops.

Days 3 to 7 - Priority 4

  • ​Residential areas at school and playground zones and designated hills.

Snow Clearing on Cycle Tracks

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 required.   

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 attached.

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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