Friday, December 4, 2009

The City of Calgary prepares for big snow dump

With forecasts predicting up to 20 cm of snow, strong winds and blizzard-like conditions throughout the Calgary area today, The City of Calgary is taking proactive steps to help commuters manage the roads according to snow and ice control spokesperson with Roads, Sean Somers.

He said that in the early morning hours today, City crews began applying concentrations of anti-icing agent and salt chips on major commuter routes and known potential trouble spots, such as bridge decks and hills throughout Calgary.

“Anti-icing agent and salt chips help prevent or reduce ice build-up on the roadways” said Somers.

If the road temperature drops to well below freezing, crews will then switch to a sand and salt mix, providing additional traction for motorists.

Unfortunately, Somers said that if this storm hits Calgary during peak travel periods, commuters should anticipate delays and plan for additional time to travel.

“Calgarians are reminded to do their part during snowfalls - slow down and drive defensively,” he said.” Keep well back of City equipment to allow crews to work safely. Snow tires really help, and remember to top up windshield washer fluid and ensure that your vehicle is clear of snow and ice.”

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