Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Roads crews plow ahead in nice weather

In terms of weather, 2015 has been very good to Calgary with an above average winter. We’ve had warmer temperatures and fewer snowfalls than the winter of 2013-2014. With all this sunshine and warm weather, some of you may be wondering what City Roads crews are doing.

While Calgarians are getting a break from the harsh winters we occasionally experience, City crews are still hard at work. In place of plowing, salting and shovelling snow, crews are performing more seasonal duties, like filling potholes, debris and litter pick-up and prepping for SpringClean-up by doing some winter street sweeping.

“We’re taking advantage of above seasonal temperatures and working proactively to keep city streets well maintained before spring hits by cleaning up gravel ahead of schedule,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “There are many benefits to being able to pick up left over gravel throughout the winter months.”

Street sweeping early helps keep gravel off the road which provides extra safety at intersections and for cyclists. Winter street sweeping is also good for the environment by preventing any gravel and road salts from flowing into catch basins.

Crews are also still responding to 311 service requests for Snow and Ice Control as roads tend to ice up due to low overnight temperatures.

For more information on The City’s Snow and Ice Control program visit Calgary.ca/snow.

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