Slippery Saturday: Calgary city crews working on trouble spots

File: The bottom half of an SUV on the road in winter. Global News

If you had to drive somewhere in Calgary on Saturday morning, chances are it was a bit slick. Due to fluctuating temperatures, icy spots are quite likely.

In a morning tweet, just after 8 a.m., Calgary police said they closed northbound Crowchild Trail — between Memorial Drive and 17 Avenue S.W. — due to multiple collisions and adverse weather conditions.

By 11 a.m., police reopened that stretch of road. However, they still urged caution.

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“Please continue to slow down, exercise caution and leave extra room between vehicles if you are out driving in (Calgary) today,” the tweet said.

City of Calgary crews are working on “trouble spots” including bridge decks, ramps and intersections on main routes.

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Pickle mix, a salt and gravel mixture which sticks to the ice and helps with traction, is being used throughout the city as the temperature drops below minus 10.

The city also said its staff is working on removing snow and ice from the Priority 2 routes, which are roads with 5,000-19,999 vehicles per day, such as Kensington Road and Acadia Drive.

At this time, the City of Calgary doesn’t anticipate a need for snow-route parking bans.

Highway travel

Meanwhile, if you are travelling outside the city or returning to Calgary, you should be prepared for some backups.

A crash between two semis southbound on the Queen Elizabeth II highway near the Millet turn-off has detoured traffic. RCMP said crews continue to clean up the wreckage.

Read more: Crash on QEII near Millet closes down highway for several hours

Winter storm warnings in B.C. may mean hampered travel if you’re heading west. Environment Canada has asked motorists to consider postponing non-essential travel due to the storm, adding road closures are considered a possibility.

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