While North Battleford and area has yet to receive any significant snowfall, city work crews will be ready when Mother Nature comes calling.
With last year’s purchase of a new LM 220 loader-mounted snow blower, to compliment the three-ton dump trucks, two graders, tandems and three front end loaders, getting rid of major snow that can accumulate quickly will result in some street closures for efficient snow removal.
“There may be times this winter that streets will need to be blocked off for snow removal. However, as was the case last year with the new snow thrower, the removal time was cut down significantly,” said Dustin MacDonald, records manager for the city.
In a letter to BattlefordsNow, MacDonald also noted that plowing will be conducted for accumulations of five centimetres or more and in order of priority. The Public Works Foreman, at his discretion, based upon weather information or prevailing conditions, may elect to not plow snow until greater amounts have accumulated.
Streets have been prioritized based on function, traffic volume and importance to the safety of the community.
Priority one areas which will include emergency routes, arterial and collector streets, as well as hills and the downtown district will be cleaned up within three days. Schools, nursing homes and seniors residences and sidewalks make up priority two areas and will be completed within seven days. Upon completion of the first two priorities, local streets and city owned parking lots will have the snow removed.
MacDonald also noted that when there is a snowfall or blowing snow and it is deemed time to plow, the priority routes are done first, followed by secondary routes and then residential streets.
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