The City of Calgary’s Roads Department has a pre-planned, measured response to snowfall that helps make roadways safe and efficient called Snow and Ice Control (SNIC).
During the winter months, crews are available around the clock to react to a snow event. There are many ways to stay informed about the Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) program this winter. Visit Calgary.ca/snow, check out the interactive Road Conditions map to see if you are located on a snow route, and download the Road Conditions App to stay informed while on the go. Calgary traffic report and road closures
A video and brief blog has also been created for the current winter season and offers information on the Priority Route System, Snow Route Parking Bans and some new equipment you may see on the roads this winter. Take a look at the video and blog here: www.calgarycitynews.com/2013/10/were-ready-for-winter.html
The above update includes an active link to a "Snow actions schedule map" on Calgary.ca indicating which streets have been cleared and which ones are scheduled for clearing. Every community is scheduled in a seven day period for the next four weeks and the map will be updated daily.
The City of Calgary has received over 60 centimeters of snow over the past six weeks; this is a record high for our city. Certain areas of Calgary have received more snow accumulation then others, and residential roadways across Calgary have been severely impacted, especially in the southern half of the city.
Questions & Answers:
1. What is the difference between snow removal, flat-blading, and snow clearing?
Flat-blading is when a driver flattens a blade on a plow and drives down a road, creating a flat surface which is easier for motorists to drive on. Snow clearing is when a plow clears the centre of a residential street and pushes snow to the side. Snow removal is when snow blowers and trucks are deployed and snow is removed from the street, placed in a truck, and brought to a City snow storage site.
2. Is The City over budget for the winter?
No. Although the month of December brought record breaking snowfall, the budget is still intact. The start of 2014 is a new fiscal cycle, which means funds are still available to address snow for the rest of the winter. Council and Administration have worked together to ensure that the Snow and Ice Control budget is well funded to address the needs of Calgary’s winter seasons.
3. How much does Snow and Ice Control cost Tax Payers?
The budget for Snow and Ice Control is $34 million. This breaks down to roughly 18 cents per day, per household, annually (assuming 500,000 households in Calgary).
4. Why hasn’t snow been removed from residential roadways yet?
In a typical season, The City will remove snow from major roadways and bus routes. However, this season, crews are removing snow from residential roadways across Calgary. According to the Snow and Ice control plan, City crews clear snow from residential routes, meaning roadways are “flatbladed” to minimize ruts and make roadways passable. As of January 4, 2014, City crews began removing snow from residential roadways to address the most recent snow accumulations.
5. Do some quadrants or areas of the City get addressed before others?
No. The City of Calgary does not give preferential treatment to any specific communities or quadrants. Crews address the snow throughout the city before, during and after a snow fall. In some instances, extra equipment is allocated to certain communities based on snow accumulations - however this does not mean snow clearing operations have stopped in other communities.
6. Does The City plow alleys?
During a typical Snow and Ice Control season, The City does not plow alleyways. The Snow and Ice Control plan states that crews will focus on roadways with the most amount of traffic in a priority sequence. As there has been more snow than a typical Calgary winter, the Transportation and Waste and Recycling business units have been working together to plow alleyways throughout the city where snow accumulations are exceptionally high. Roads crews will continue to address alleyways throughout the season, however this will take time.
7. What will these additional residential crews cost?
The contracted crews designated to the residential areas will cost approximately $240,000 per day, for approximately one month or 28 days, which will equal roughly $6.7 million. This cost is currently still covered within the existing Snow and Ice Control budget.
Snow & Ice Control Update: December 19, 2013
Throughout Calgary crews are currently maintaining Priority 1 routes to ensure that they are maintained for the morning and evening commutes. Although maintaining these major roadways during this snowfall is our top priority, we are still focusing on those areas that have been hit the hardest during the past snow storms.
We are working with Emergency Services to find out if there are any trouble spots or road condition concerns around the city. We have confirmed with all 40 stations city wide that there are no issues to report.
Northeast: Our goal is to have every roadway passable by the afternoon of Friday December 20. This means that we will have had a plow down each residential roadway to make a passable laneway for cars to go down. This may mean residents will see windrows along some of these areas.
Currently crews are in the Saddleridge area, however additional resources will be allocated to assist with addressing snow simultaneously in Taradale, Martindale and Coral Springs.
Crews were able to address school and playground zones in Mayland Heights as well as turn lanes in this area yesterday.
We created a new webpage that will be updated regularly to publicly show where our crews are working to assist you, citizens and 311 during this time.
Thank you again for your patience!
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