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City Crews Prepared for Changing Road Conditions

For immediate release: April 16, 2017 - 6:57am
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The arrival of a dusting of snow overnight combined with a significant drop back into minus temperatures may result in icy sections and swirling snow on freeways or other roadways.

As many drivers have removed their winter tires, even a small amount of snow and ice may impact driving conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution on high-traffic roads and priority streets such as Circle Drive, overpasses and bridges. 

While the City has a smaller fleet of winter maintenance equipment available at this time of year, in the event of poor road conditions, City roadways crews will still be out. They will apply sand and salt around-the-clock to treat icy roads and increase traction if required.

What you can expect:

  • Low temperatures and high winds may cause bridges, ramps, overpasses and high-traffic intersections to be icy.
  • City crews will monitor and apply salt and sand along Circle Drive, high-traffic streets and bridge decks as required.
  • Even with the use of salt and sand, extra moisture from snow can create slippery conditions during peak driving times. 
  • Response times may be slowed based on seasonal equipment availability.

What you can do:

  • Slow down and use extra caution while moving around this weekend.
  • 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.
  • Be in the Know About Snow! Learn more about what happens when it snows at saskatoon.ca/snow.