Snow and Ice Update
It’s hard to believe that we are already into November and gearing up for the upcoming winter season. While we were spoiled with the seasonably warm temperatures earlier this month, any Edmontonian knows weather like this isn’t going to last forever.
Each year, the City of Edmonton puts aside a sizable budget for the upcoming snow removal season. Our budget for winter maintenance is the third highest in the country. This is due in part to the fact that we are one of the least dense cities, and also have the third highest number of road kilometres. Each year, Council reviews the Snow and Ice Policy, which governs how we manage our roadways and pathways in the winter.
In recent years, through public engagement and consultations, Edmontonians have voiced their preference for bare pavement on our roadways. Our attempts at using calcium chloride in the past proved much more controversial than we anticipated and we eliminated its use on major roadways before last year.
This year, in an effort to achieve bare pavement, the City of Edmonton will be implementing a two-phased, citywide parking ban. I believe this will provide clearer roads that are easier and safer to navigate, allowing our staff to do curb to curb blading much quickly and efficiently.
During the first phase of the parking ban, no parking will be allowed on arterial roads, roads within Business Improvement Areas, and collector roads and bus routes. Once these roads are cleared, phase two will begin. Phase two will prohibit parking on all residential and industrial roads. The city is setting a goal of having roads cleared within 72 hours of significant snowfall.
I know these changes are going to be an adjustment, and we are committed to working with residents throughout the winter season. We will focus on education, encouraging people to make alternative parking arrangements and monitoring compliance. I’m confident if we continue to work together, we can ensure our roadways remain safe and free of ice and snow for the majority of the winter season.
As always, if you have any feedback on city issues, please do not hesitate to contact me! You can always send me an email at email@example.com, or give my office a call at 780-496-8148.