City of Edmonton tweaks snow plowing process for looming winter

A snowy day in Edmonton's Forest Heights neighbourhood Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Caley Ramsay, Global News

EDMONTON – The City of Edmonton announced some changes Monday to its existing neighbourhood snow removal policy for this winter.

The biggest change? In areas where neighbourhood blading is not completed on the scheduled weekday, the city will now finish on the weekend, instead of waiting until the following week’s set day. The set-day schedule for neighbourhood blading was introduced last year.

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“By the Friday of each blading cycle, we’ll know which areas will need additional attention over the weekend,” said Eduardo Sosa, director of Roadway Maintenance. “We will alert citizens by email, public service announcements and social media.

“It’s important that all neighbourhood roads are smoothed to an even snow pack as quickly as possible following a major snowfall.”

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Also the city is introducing a map that tracks the progress of snow plows on major arterial and collector routes through the city.

“The map will be updated prior to both the morning and evening commutes and once overnight,” said Sosa. “It’s our hope that by helping motorists avoid those routes where large, slow-moving equipment is still on the roads, they’d be able to move more safely and efficiently throughout the transportation network.”

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A few weeks ago, the city announced the pilot program for one-sided street winter parking will also be dropped due to feedback from residents and snow removal operators.

Click here for more information about winter roadway maintenance, including the neighbourhood blading schedule, seasonal parking bans and how to sign-up for email notifications. You can also call 311.

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