25 Feb Snow Removal and Snow Plowing Operations
I often receive many inquiries and requests from residents on the snow removal operations for their respective streets. I have recently received the following update with information on snow removal operations across Ottawa.
Weather permitting, City crews are removing snow daily and nightly. With three snow events in the last 7 days, staff have been switching back and forth from clearing the roads to removal. It is the same employees who complete both activities.
Currently crews are concentrating their efforts on class 3 & 4 roads (arterials/collectors/OC transit runs); roads that carry higher traffic volume, higher speeds, to create storage, improved drainage for sidewalks and open catch basins for when the thaw cycles start. Class 5 streets (ie. residential) are being investigated/assessed on a per Service Request or inquiry and addressing the specific issue a resident is inquiring about. A class 5 residential street calls for a minimum 5m of cleared road to travel on. If the road is less than 5m crews will remove/wing back/cast the snow from one side in order to meet minimum service standards, preferably to the sidewalk side if there is one. From their investigations most class 5 streets are faced with overflow residential parking issues and not snow removal issues.
If there is a residential street that is less than 5 meters clear of width on or there is a site line issue at an intersection, please let me know and I will have city staff correct the matter.
The 30 day forecast calls for a few small snow falls through the early part of March with temperatures warming considerably through the first 2 weeks and plus daily high temperatures from mid March through to the end. It is time for Spring!
If I can be of any assistance, please let me know.