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Street clearing falls woefully short

I too wonder where our councillors or city management live, as expressed by David Gibbons in his letter.

Two weeks ago, after the second last dump of snow, graders were ridging residential streets in Oriole Park. I phoned Public Works, wondering why residential was being done before bus routes. They were as confused as I was.

A couple of days later, we got the last dump of snow and we still have not seen snow movement by anything except wind. Vehicles were high centred on Oleander Drive, dragging bottom from Oriole kids park to Taylor Drive. If the hammering shocks off was not enough, we now had to worry about mufflers or exhaust pipes being knocked off.

Once again, residential areas are being cleared as our son’s place in Mountview was done a week ago, but the bus routes in Oriole Park have not been done.

The recent warm spell has helped lower the level of the snow/ice and has bared some of the traffic lines. On Overdown Drive, the tracks vary from four lanes to two lanes. On Oleander Drive, if you are westbound, you may find the centre line is on the right side of the vehicle. Good thing these streets are not real busy — there are city buses, school buses, action buses, parents picking up or dropping off kids at the school and a few residents.

Some times you can get a cheap high when the city bus is coming at you, flashes three sides of the bus for your viewing pleasure.

We can not honestly say we have not seen graders on Overdown Drive as seven have gone by. If we could only get them to lower their blades!

Ed Powell

Red Deer



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