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Weather, not budget, to blame for ruts on streets: city

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A pedestrian walks southbound on Hargrave Street towards Portage Avenue through blowing snow, Saturday.

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Mother Nature is to blame for city snow clearing crews not being able to plow to the pavement during the weekend's plowing operation.

Jim Berezosky, the city's manager of street maintenance, said today that they were plowing major streets in the city when conditions worsened with blowing snow and plunging temperatures.

Berezosky said the conditions left the city's main streets covered with bumps and rutted lanes in the wake of the plow.

"It had nothing to do with budgetary restraints," he said.

Berezosky said the grading operation, which will begin Jan. 1 at 7 p.m., will also cause the city to put in place its dedicated snow route parking ban five hours later. It will be in effect from midnight to 7 a.m. Until it is taken off.

"We want to open up the curb lanes and get right down to the bare surface," he said.

Berezosky said with an estimated four centimetres of snow predicted for Friday the city will hold off making a decision on whether to plow residential streets until then.

"We're asking the public to always use caution when driving there."

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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