City hits the streets for winter maintenance


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November 27, 2014 9:00 AM

City crews removed snow from the downtown core Tuesday night. Alan Cayford, the acting director of public works says that the downtown core snow removal is required under the Winter Maintenance Bylaw. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

While 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is in the forecast for the upcoming weekend, the City of Lloydminster officials are out in force, cleaning up after this week’s snowfall.

Alan Cayford, the acting director, of public works said that this year’s snowfall isn’t anything new and workers within public works are out on the streets getting the work done.

“There is a snow policy plan, which comprises of Priority 1 and Priority 2 routes,” he said.

Cayford said that the downtown core of the Border City is in a classification of its own.

“The downtown core is as required. (Tuesday night) staff were working to clear the snow from the downtown core and (they are) back at it again (Wednesday night),” he said.

Priority 1 routes are all major highways, including 75 Avenue, Highway 16 and Highway 17, College Drive and 67 Street, which goes to the airport, and 52 Street are classified as Priority 1 streets, according to Cayford.

“These are the ones that get done first, they are done either day or night and are only done if snowfall is greater than five centimetres and snow is removed within two days of the snowfall.”

He added that days like Wednesday, where there was little snowfall, public works can catch up to cleaning the Priority 1 and Priority 2 roads.

“But if we get three days worth of snow we can fall behind and that’s just the way it is,” said Cayford.

Cayford is asking the general public to be patient for snow removal in some areas.

“It’s not that we don’t have enough workers, we are running crews almost 24 hours a day,” he said.

“We have a crew that works every night, a crew of only two though.”

And as for residential areas, Cayford said that the city will usually wait for as long as they can to remove snow in residential areas of the city.

“We only typically remove snow once a winter from residential areas,” he said. Which can, according to Cayford, cost the city up to $1.2 million.

Cayford did ask for public assistance in not shovelling snow from sidewalks or driveways into the streets.

“The City of Lloydminster would greatly appreciate the people of Lloydminster not putting their snow into the streets during the winter as well,” he said.

Cayford said that when it comes to snow removal this year, workers did get out later this year compared to last year.

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