Update on winter snow response

January 7, 2014

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Public Works road and Downtown maintenance crews have worked to make the roads and right of ways passable and safe.  It has been extremely challenging as we have been fighting against extreme wind-chill conditions. 

Currently, all main and secondary roads have been ploughed. Public Works staff have also been putting down sand on main and secondary roads  throughout  the day today. (Salt does not melt snow when temperatures are lower than -15 c.)

All residential streets have also been ploughed.  The application of sand to known problem areas on residential streets will begin this afternoon and continue this evening.

We are commencing the removal of snow from the downtown area tonight. This task will be difficult, as all the snow is frozen solid.  We will continue to remove accumulated snow again tomorrow night. Hopefully after the mild weather predicted over the weekend we will be able to do a final clean up (sidewalks etc) early next week.

Finally, the weather forecast predicts only light flurries ( 2-3 cm) for the next few days.

For general information about the City’s winter snow removal please see the City of Guelph website at http://guelph.ca/living/getting-around/drive/snow-removal/

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2 Comments on “Update on winter snow response”

  1. David Michael Joseph Schaller Says:

    Why are some sidewalks in Guelph being cleared and some sidewalks are not being cleared?

  2. ksulliva Says:

    Hi David,
    There is information on the City’s website here: http://guelph.ca/living/getting-around/drive/snow-removal/ (click on the “sidewalks” tab).

    I’ve copied and pasted some of the key points here:
    Sidewalks are prioritized based on pedestrian traffic volume and proximity to high use facilities, such as schools, hospitals, and public buildings.

    •High Priority — 237 km of sidewalk is cleared when 4 cm of snow accumulates and within 24 hours of the end of a storm.
    •Medium Priority — 85 km of sidewalk is cleared when 4 cm of snow accumulates and within two days of the end of a storm.
    •Residential — 335 km of sidewalk is cleared when 10 cm of snow accumulates and within four to five days of the end of a storm.

    If there is a specific location you are concerned about, please let us know and we will forward it to Public Works. Thanks,

    Kate Sullivan
    Mayor’s Office

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