November 28, 2013 8:41 pm
Updated: November 29, 2013 8:39 am

City trying granite to make roads less slippery

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WINNIPEG — Watch where you park overnight Thursday.

Parking is not allowed on snow routes from 12 a.m to 7 a.m. to allow crews to clear all the snow that fell this week.

Drivers can face a $100 ticket and a tow if they park on a snow route. The city’s annual parking ban comes into effect Sunday.

The city has been rushing to get rid of the snow, however major routes turned to parking lots Wednesday. That slowed the plan.

“The traffic had to get through that gridlock, then our plowing operations could commence,” said Jim Berezowsky, Winnipeg’s manager of streets maintenance.

The city sands three times a day on major routes, Berezowsky said. A salting operation may happen this weekend if the weather co-operates.

The city is also looking at ways to make the roads safer.

Crews will test mixing granite chips with the sanding mixture used in the eastern part of Winnipeg as soon as next month.

“The methodology behind that is to embed that chip into the snowpack and allow the traffic to assist in removing that snowpack,” said Berezowsky.

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