Crews prepared for the snow in Edmonton
While the autumn in Edmonton has been relatively mild so far, the city is preparing for an eventual snowfall to cover the city.
“The trucks are always ready to go,” said Andrew Grant, general supervisor of infrastructure field operations.
But, he said, there is a hierarchy of priorities when a snow event occurs:
Major streets across the city and business improvement areas,
Collective bus drives and all adjacent paths,
Residential streets and alleys that are cleared as soon as a snow cover of five centimeters has formed.
“The crews are on a rotating shift to make sure we have available staff for whatever situation we find ourselves in,” he added.
The city said active trail teams will be responsible for clearing the bike lanes and infrastructure adjacent to the city facilities within 24 hours, followed by any other active infrastructure maintained by the city.
Manually vacated amenities will be deleted within five days.
WINTER PARKING PROHIBITION
According to Grant, there will be an average of two to three no-parking bans per season in the city, with the threshold being around four inches.
No vehicles will be exhibited or towed this year. Instead, Grant said the city will take an educational approach to streamline the operation and collaboration of residents.
“It will take time for our citizens to fully understand and understand how the no-parking works,” Grant said.
Designated parking spaces and facilities will be available to the city on days when parking is prohibited. Grant said signage will be put up and additional resources will be available online.
“I really encourage citizens to have these talks now, before the snow falls, to find alternative parking spaces across the city.”
By enforcing no-parking bans, Grant said rescuers will be able to maintain and maintain residential areas more efficiently, and ensure swaths are maintained to avoid obstruction of view for motorists.
“Our trucks are big, these residential areas are narrow, and if we have cars on both sides, the trucks struggle to get through.”
“Things take time”
While this year is more of a test run, Grant said the ban was “here to stay”.
“Things take time to make real change, and we didn’t want to introduce it just to shut down.”
Grant said his team feels prepared as this year’s winter fleet includes approximately 125 units spread across five depots.
“When it snows, we’re on the road,” he says.
“My prediction is December 13th in case anyone is wondering when we’ll see the first cumulative snowfall.”
With files from CTV News Edmonton’s Amanda Anderson