City of Red Deer public works employees install a barrier in the new temporary snow dump located near the wastewater treatment facility on Monday. It is expected the facility will be taking loads of snow from private snow removal contractors later this week.

Crews making progress on clearing snow

Two weeks into the plowing of residential streets, the City of Red Deer snow crews are making some headway.

Two weeks into the plowing of residential streets, the City of Red Deer snow crews are making some headway.

As of Monday afternoon, crews had completed nine of the 57 neighbourhoods set for the plow and windrow treatment.

Once the crews finish the collector roads, transit routes and residential streets adjacent to P4 areas in Bower, the city’s efforts are expected to speed up.

Public Works manager Greg Sikora, said the crews working in the P4 (primarily school) areas will move over to residential (P6) snow plowing once P4s in Bower are completed. He expects this to happen around the second week in February.

“It will be twice as fast as it is right now,” said Sikora. “That’s where we will close the gap on our time lines.”

The residential campaign began on Jan. 14. The city posts daily progress reports on its website. On Monday, the crews were on residential streets in Anders Park East and on P4 roads in the Pines area.

“You can never win at this game,” said Sikora. “It’s kinda like Vegas. We try to proceed the best we can with the conditions that we are faced with.”

Sikora said at times crews are plowing ice rather than snow.

He said crews are faced with six to 10 cm of ice. If it is removed, it will turn to mush in warmer conditions.

“When you go through these freeze-thaw cycles, those ruts form,” said Sikora. “And the ruts end up damaging vehicles and making it difficult to drive when they re-freeze. Also they become slushy and difficult to navigate. Then we are back to the same situation. That’s why we pull all the material off the road and build it into a single windrow.”

Last week, the city received approval from Alberta Environment to open a temporary snow storage site in north Red Deer. The site is being prepped with fences and other modifications to prepare for the snow. It is expected to open later this week.

To find out more, visit www.reddeer.ca.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer church donates to Safe Harbour

It was all about helping those in need at Safe Harbour in… Continue reading

Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits, dismissal

CALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against… Continue reading

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

HALIFAX — Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi may have hoped to quietly disappear from… Continue reading

Democrats aren’t buying Trump’s shutdown-ending ‘compromise’

WASHINGTON — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald… Continue reading

Updated: Red Deer welcomes 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Alberta

About 250 Alberta athletes are participating in the Games

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The celestial curtain will be rising soon on… Continue reading

At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

WASHINGTON — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans… Continue reading

Holocaust victims buried after remains found in UK museum

LONDON — The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims were buried in… Continue reading

Giuliani: ‘So what’ if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the… Continue reading

Photos: Rocks fly at 37th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel

Twenty-nine teams gathered at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer for… Continue reading

Death toll reaches 79 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed… Continue reading

With Trump out, Davos chief eyes fixing world architecture

DAVOS, Switzerland — The founder of the World Economic Forum says U.S.… Continue reading

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in… Continue reading

Most Read