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City clearing Saskatoon high-traffic streets after second snow event

For immediate release: February 3, 2019 - 12:18pm
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Approximately 15 centimetres of snow fell on Saskatoon between Thursday night and Saturday night. The City declared a snow event at 6 pm last night once the snow stopped and Environment Canada’s Snowfall Warning ended, which activates the 72-hour priority street grading process.

Overnight, City crews cleared the majority of priority streets, including Circle Drive, College Drive, 22nd Street, Idylwyld Drive and 8th Street. Today crews will continue on priority 2 and 3 streets with contractor support. Business improvement district (BID) clearing begins tonight, along with bike lanes, downtown bus terminal and sidewalks. Some sidewalks and pathways outside of Circle Drive may take two days to clear where heavy snow was blown into large drifts. BID snow removal will continue over the next few nights.

Tonight, we will have 4 high-speed plow/sanders, 28 graders, 18 sanders, 4 loaders and 5 sidewalk plows cleaning up on priority streets in time for Monday morning commuting.

To efficiently clear snow from curb to curb, plows and graders travel in groups of 3 or more. Equipment operators cannot always see vehicles in their blind spots and through the stirred up snow. If you see blue lights on road maintenance equipment, please hang back and let the operators finish. If you attempt to pass, you risk getting hung up in snow piles that graders are scraping.

Winter driving conditions exist; drivers are reminded to leave extra space when following another vehicle. Moisture and cold temperatures create a high risk for ice to form at busy intersections and on high-traffic, high-speed locations. Heavy sanding is underway; however, temperatures are forecast to remain around minus 24 degrees, dropping overnight.

  What you can expect from us

  1. Snow and ice may cause bridges, ramps, overpasses and high-traffic intersections to be icy.
  2. Once a snow event is declared, City crews clear high traffic, high volume roadways such as Circle Drive, followed by key arterials, and then collector streets.  All priority streets are to be graded within 72 hours of the end of the storm.
  3. During a snow event clean-up, plows and graders travel at reduced speeds, in teams of 3 or more. Please watch for blue flashing lights.
  4. Transit service alerts, real-time bus locations, and arrivals are available on third party apps like Transit and Google Transit. Access Transit may be affected by heavy snow on residential streets.

 How you can help us

  1. Slow down and use extra caution, especially where ice forms on freeways and at busy intersections.
  2. Watch for blue and amber flashing lights on winter road 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.  Passing is not recommended and may not be possible.
  3. When safe to do so, drivers can report icy or snowed-in locations to the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or email snow@saskatoon.ca.
  4. Be in the Know About Snow! Learn more about what happens when it snows at saskatoon.ca/snow.

Snow What to Do this winter by visiting saskatoon.ca/snow. Please note that the snow grading iMap is not available for this snow event. Find Snow & Ice alerts at saskatoon.ca/service-alerts by 3 pm and 6 am during a snow event, or follow us on Twitter @YXEServiceAlert.