Summer is definitely over, right, guys??
Given how winter came on suddenly for us all, we are back to the routine of suiting up in copious amounts of layers that limit our mobility.
Today’s commute was the talk of every work place and all over social media. Granted, this happens with every first major snow fall of the next season, and so this week we thought we’d highlight the work our city does to clear the roads and keep us moving safely.
In order to clear our roads efficiently, the City will impose a snow route parking ban. If you’re in a snow route zone, ensure your vehicle is out of the way so that trucks can do their work properly.
Within 24 hours of a snow fall, all snow must be removed from city sidewalks and pathways on your property that you own. If you are a landlord, you are responsible for having sidewalks and pathways are cleared around your rental. If you fail to remove snow around your home, the cost is a minimum flat rate fine of $150.00, plus tax and if you choose not to pay this fine, the amount will be added to your property tax for next year.
If you want to see how the roads are being taken care of, click on this link. It depicts a map of the city, highlighting which routes are done and what the status is throughout the city. Calgary has a fleet of 27 graders, 18 tandem trucks with front plows and 74 tandem trucks with underbody plow parts. The budget in 2018 to use all this equipment and remove ice and snow from city streets was set at $38.8 million with a reserve fund of $15 million.
A combination of sand and salt is used to melt road conditions, but the type of product you use depends on the temperature of the road. If it is colder than -10 degrees, salt is ineffective, and since this is Calgary after all, we do get frigidly cold winters. Up until -10 celsius from 0, salt is used on accumulated snow but the city also uses a blend of salt and sand for added friction.
Take it easy out there on the roads today yet again. In this case, slow and steady wins the race, indeed!
(Photo: City of Calgary website, calgary.ca)