The City of Red Deer plans to begin plowing residential areas on green routes surrounding schools on Saturday. (Advocate file photo)

The City of Red Deer plans to begin plowing residential areas on green routes surrounding schools on Saturday. (Advocate file photo)

City of Red Deer to start plowing residential areas Saturday

Residential roads will be a little less snowy in the new year.

The City of Red Deer said Thursday afternoon that they plan to begin plowing residential areas on green routes surrounding schools on Saturday.

“We are plowing around schools while the students are at home for online learning,” said Parks and Public Works manager Greg Sikora in a press release.

“Completing these areas when students aren’t in class allows us to avoid delays as parents and buses drop off or pick up children and also any potential risks of kids playing close to where heavy equipment is operating.”

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School areas are expected to be complete on Jan 6. after which crews will begin clearing green routes in snow zone I on Jan. 7.

They will continue alphabetically through snow zones until green routes are complete. Parking restrictions will be in place during plowing in each snow zone, which could be a few days at a time.

“It should only take our crews a day or two to plow Green Routes in each snow zone, but it does take us a lot longer if vehicles are left parked on the streets,” said Sikora.

During Green Route plowing residents will find no-parking signs along the street and the restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily when plowing is planned. Vehicles left in the street can be ticketed and towed. On Green Routes, snow is plowed and removed.

The city also announced that the trigger for grey route snow and ice control has not been reached.

“We know that many residents are at home these days and we want to balance on-street parking and mobility for Grey Routes,” said Sikora.

“Windrows on Grey Routes can have an impact for residential parking so for now, we are going to continue to provide traction control on those streets and continue to monitor the need for plowing.”

January 2021 plowing schedule for Green Routes is: Snow Zone I on Jan. 7, J on Jan. 8 and 9, K on Jan. 8 and 9, A on Jan. 9 and 10, B on Jan. 10, 11 and 12.

Snow Zone C is scheduled Jan. 12 and 13, D to be scheduled, E and O on Jan. 14 and F on Jan. 14 and 15.

Red Deerians are encouraged to visit the city’s website at for details about the program, schedule updates, and to sign up for alerts.

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