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City Adds a New Way of Removing Snow from Circle Drive

For immediate release: January 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
TU18-137

With snow now on the ground, residents will see the familiar blue flashing lights of snow clearing equipment on our roads.  New for this year and to supplement traditional snow clearing methods, a new process is being used on Circle Drive today. Up to 8 offset snow plows travelling at speeds of up to 60 km/hr will work as a team across multiple vehicle lanes to fully clear Circle Drive in a single pass.   This new strategy will reduce the accumulation of snow against road barriers, eliminating the risk of ramping, and will reduce the time it takes to clear the freeway.

This strategy is commonly used across Canada and the northern United States to efficiently remove snow from freeways. 

What you can expect:

  • This new process with only be used on Circle Drive including overpasses and bridges.
  • Plows will travel at up to 60 km/hr and vehicles will not be able to pass.
  • Single plows will continue to clear Circle Drive throughout the day and night as snow accumulates.

What you can do:

  • Please be patient as snow removal crews complete this work safely. 
  • Slow down and use extra caution.
  • Watch for blue and amber flashing lights on snow maintenance equipment. If you encounter equipment on the road, slow down, remain at least 15 metres (2.5 car lengths) behind, and be ready to stop.
  • When safe to do so, drivers can report icy locations to the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or email snow@saskatoon.ca.
  • Sidewalk users are also encouraged to use extra caution.