Snow plows keep on rolling
Snow clearing crews have seven Red Deer neighbourhoods left as they plow their way through snow-bound residential areas.
Snow plows will be at work today in Garden Heights, Clearview Ridge, Rosedale Estates, Timberlands and Timberstone.
If time permits, the snow removal crews will reach Rosedale Meadows and College Park by late today, or Thursday.
Some neighbourhoods that were bypassed earlier because of multiple parked cars may be revisited on Thursday and Friday, said Tara Shand, city public information officer.
The city hopes the residential plowing will be complete by the end of the week.
People are warned to keep children from playing on or around windrows and piles because the snow may pose dangers.
“We are asking residents not to let their children dig tunnels or holes into the large piles of snow as there may be a risk of collapse,” said Shand. “Snow piles often contain waste, including nails, metal, broken glass, and collision debris, that has been scraped up off the roads. It’s not a safe environment for children to play.”
If vehicles are left on the road, crews will go around them; however, there will be a windrow next to those vehicles. Where signs say No Parking, vehicles must be moved or they will be ticketed and towed out of the area.
“While we aren’t ticketing and towing vehicles left on priority 6 streets in residential areas, we need people to move their cars if they can. We will come back to the streets we bypassed, but plowing operations go smoother when there are fewer cars to work around,” Shand said.
Windrows are placed on both sides of the street on residential roadways. Most windrows are expected to be less than 40 cm in height, but conditions of roadways will dictate the final height. Residents who have designated disabled parking spaces in front of their homes will have these spaces cleared.
Residents will have to shovel snow from in front of their driveways after their street is plowed, and are reminded to not place snow from driveways and sidewalks back onto the street.
Crews have begun plowing the downtown and expect to complete this program by the end of the week.
Residents are reminded to drive according to road and weather conditions. Crews are out sanding, but with the low temperatures, the effectiveness of sanding is a challenge.
It is important to always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and take care when driving around snow and ice control equipment. To report any unsafe roadways, phone 403-342-8238.
Residents can get up-to-date information on the city’s website at www.reddeer.ca, by calling 403-342-8238, or on Facebook and Twitter.
The city’s complete Snow and Ice Control Policy is available at www.reddeer.ca/publicworks.