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Plowing jobs redundant: councillor

Wonders why looming cleanup didn't come earlier

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Icy, rutted patches on Logan Avenue near Highway 90 Monday. The looming grader plow will clear a lot of potentially dangerous ruts that have developed throughout the city.

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Icy, rutted patches on Logan Avenue near Highway 90 Monday. The looming grader plow will clear a lot of potentially dangerous ruts that have developed throughout the city. Photo Store

With city snowplowing crews kicking off the new year by hitting main streets Wednesday, a city councillor is questioning whether there was a cheaper way to do it.

The city announced Monday it is launching a grader plowing operation of all the city's regional streets, also known as P1, followed by the collector streets and bus routes, also called P2, on Jan. 1 at 7 p.m.

The city also announced that while it has lifted the declared snow-route parking ban it put into effect Saturday night, the ban will resume Wednesday at midnight to make it easier for the plowing effort.

The ban, until lifted, lengthens the winter parking restriction on snow routes to midnight to 7 a.m. from the previous 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

'Why would you do it twice?'

-- Coun. John Orlikow on scraping snow

Any vehicle parked on a snow route after midnight will receive a $100 ticket and could be towed.

The city will decide once the grader plowing operation is completed whether to plow residential streets.

In a news release, the city said it will make that decision by Friday because Environment Canada is predicting a 40 per cent chance of snow at the end of the week.

No one with the city was available for comment on Monday to discuss the city's snowplowing efforts.

But River Heights-Fort Garry Coun. John Orlikow questioned why the city didn't scrape off the snow to the pavement during the weekend when there were 300 pieces of equipment out following Saturday's blizzard.

"Why would you do it twice?" Orlikow asked.

"It seems expensive to do it now -- why not do it the first time? Frankly, to do something twice seems expensive."

Orlikow said he is hoping the city's operations department gets back to him with answers.

Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), who was critical of the city's delay in plowing residential streets earlier this month, said he's pleased with the latest effort.

"Considering the volume of snow that fell and the drifting that was occurring, I believe our crews did a great job keeping our city open throughout the storm," Browaty said.

"The upcoming grader plow of regional and collector streets will deal with areas where street widths are still reduced and snow and ice ruts still remain, like at several intersections."

The city will continue to plow sidewalks and back lanes until they are all cleared.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 31, 2013 B1

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