Echelon plowing is the practice of staggered snowplows across all lanes of a roadway in one direction. Plowing in echelon clears all lanes at once by passing a ridge of snow from one plow to the next. While this approach is new to Calgary, echelon plowing is a common practice in many major winter cities throughout North America, and considered the safest and most efficient snow removal method for multi-lane roads.
Even before the snowfall begins, City crews will apply an anti-icing agent on known trouble spots, like bridge decks and steep hills.
Motorists may see a wet, striping effect in these problem areas - this is the anti-icing agent. Crews will also apply salt, gravel or a mixture where appropriate to help melt snow and ice on the road surface.
Drivers are reminded to leave 10 metres distance - about three car lengths - between their vehicle and the working sanders, graders and other snow removal equipment and to not pass working sanders or equipment.
The Calgary Police Service reminds motorists to do their part in the winter to help make their trip safer:
- Tune up and winterize your vehicle.
- Consider installing appropriate tires to the season.
- Clean snow and ice off your vehicle and ensure your lights and your windows are clear.
- Give yourself extra time to reach your destination.
- Reduce your speed and turn on your headlights.
- Drive defensively.
- Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- When road conditions are difficult, consider using Calgary Transit.
- Consider delaying your trip until the roads are in better condition.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca
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