Like a houseguest who stays over too long, winter has become a source of frustration for us all.
Now that it has been coaxed to leave, we now must work to clean up the mess winter has left us to deal with.
The plows have been hard at work clearing the snow off of the catch basins in back lanes. However, plowing can come with its own problems. Windrows, otherwise known as snow or ice piles, is what falls out of a front end loader’s bucket when they clear a back lane. The current City of Winnipeg snow-clearing polices do not require the city to remove these windrows from back lanes. In a normal year, these windrows, though annoying, are generally manageable to deal with. After what we experienced in 2013-14, we are starting to question if the no windrow removal policy should be reconsidered. Having to remove over a metre of solid ice is a daunting task for anyone and I think we need to rethink our plowing policies to ensure that people do not have to deal with these piles of ice again.
Speaking of melting snow, I would like to thank all the good Samaritans out there that have been helping to open catch basins and drains throughout the ward. City crews are always in short supply at this time of year and any help residents can offer to keep the load manageable for crews is greatly appreciated. That being said, if the drains near you just won’t open, please email or phone 311 so that city crews and/or steamer trucks can be dispatched to deal with the situation, on a priority basis.
Switching gears, many of you will have by now noticed the barricades that have appeared on the Portage Trail Bridge over Sturgeon Creek. For the next several months, crews will be hard at work performing a major rehabilitation project. Though traffic is going to become rather slow for a while, this $5.7-million project will result in a virtually new Portage Trail Bridge that is expected to last for another 75 years.
As always, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email (email@example.com) or phone (204-986-5920).
Here’s to a warm spring.