Barring any unforeseen snow storms, residential snow removal should be completed by the end of the week, according to city officials.
“(Snow removal) is going fantastic,” said Alan Cayford, acting director of public works, in an interview last week with the Lloydminster Source. “We are very happy at how we are making out and, in fact, barring any major disasters, we are figuring that we will be done all residential areas by the end of (the) week.”
Cayford said that snow removal kicked into high gear on Jan. 5, after the holiday season and workers have been working every day to complete the residential snow removal.
“We have been working from eight in the morning to 6 p.m. in the evening,” he said.
The snow that is removed from residential roads at the end of December is included in the snow removal as well.
Cayford said that only one major section of the city has yet seen the snow plows in the area.
“If you fall under the category of the orange garbage pick-up cycle we have yet to get to that area,” he said.
The orange area of the city collection map, which sees garbage collection on Wednesdays, is located in the area of 25 Street on the Saskatchewan side north to Highway 16, and everything east of Highway 17.
As for those areas that haven’t been completed yet, Cayford is asking residents to be patient and wait for the snow plows.
“Monday and Tuesday that area will see the plows on the roads, but because that area has garbage collection on Wednesday we have to be out of there so residents can have their curbside collection completed,” he said.
“We will go back into the area on Thursday and Friday, and if everything goes according to plan, we will be out of there on Friday.”
Cayford said that residents have been very co-operative when it comes to snow removal this year.
“We are asking residents to be patient with us the cold air has created some slippery conditions on the streets… we encourage everyone to slow down and take their time.” He jokingly added, it’s going to be spring soon.