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City crews to attack icy ruts on residential streets

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>The city says snow will be plowed and ruts will be scraped from residential streets beginning Sunday night evening.</p>

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The city says snow will be plowed and ruts will be scraped from residential streets beginning Sunday night evening.

Help is on the way for drivers who are stuck in a rut.

Snow will be plowed and ruts will be scraped from residential streets beginning Sunday at 7 p.m., Michael Cantor, the city’s manager of street maintenance, said Friday.

The operation is expected to end Wednesday at 7 a.m.

“During this plow, we are going to have our residential streets parking ban in effect, so we advise residents to confirm their Know Your Zone letter and to avoid parking on streets that are scheduled to be plowed,” Cantor said.

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Help is on the way for drivers who are stuck in a rut.

Snow will be plowed and ruts will be scraped from residential streets beginning Sunday at 7 p.m., Michael Cantor, the city’s manager of street maintenance, said Friday.

The operation is expected to end Wednesday at 7 a.m.

"During this plow, we are going to have our residential streets parking ban in effect, so we advise residents to confirm their Know Your Zone letter and to avoid parking on streets that are scheduled to be plowed," Cantor said.

"We appreciate the patience, and we are trying to go through this event and provide the best service possible with the circumstances."

Cantor said snow ruts on residential streets, which are deep and problematic for most vehicles, are a result of fluctuating weather systems and temperature.

"It’s a combination of snow that’s coming at us in the night and in the rush hour, very cold temperatures and traffic driving on it. We’ve got ice ruts," Cantor said.

"Usually we get the nice warm weather a little bit after that (so) we can sometimes salt, but this time we’re not fortunate and we had the cold weather the whole week. Essentially, ruts are being created and we need to go back and flatten the ice and scrape it off."

Residents who notice trouble spots with ice ruts on streets are asked to call 311.

The city received about 10 to 15 centimetres of snow Feb. 3-4 and another six to eight cm Feb. 6 while temperatures with wind chill stayed in the -34 to -40 range, Environment Canada data show.

Cantor said plows first went out overnight on Feb. 3-4, but had to avoid some main routes due to morning vehicle traffic.

"I don’t think we could do anything better than we did, so this is the circumstances and we are dealing with Mother Nature," Cantor said.

On Sunday at 7 p.m., plows will begin clearing snow zones E, J, L, M, O, S and V until 7 a.m. Monday. Clearing of other snow zones will follow.

The city will be running five 12-hour shifts until the plowing operation finishes Wednesday.

"This is what is expected of us under the snow-clearing policy," Cantor said.

Cantor reminded residents that finding alternative places to park during snow zone plowing times is imperative to avoid being ticketed and towed. Keeping vehicles off streets during the residential parking ban in the designated areas increases the efficiency of the plowing operation. Snow zones are available by calling 311, using the snow zone address lookup tool on the city’s website or by using the Know Your Zone app.

Tickets can cost $150 and vehicles may be towed to a nearby street not scheduled to be plowed or has already been cleared. Residents are advised to call 311 if they cannot locate a towed vehicle.

Cantor said the city has been running a 24-hour sanding operation this week with 35 trucks spreading sand "to improve traction on the roads."

There is enough sand in city compounds for sanding streets Friday and today, but more will be brought in next week, he said.

A second full plow of main roads, streets and bus routes began as a result of the Feb. 6 snowfall, the second snow dump in a week, Cantor said.

"In addition, we also initiated a full plow of our sidewalks that will follow the street plow," he said, adding sidewalk plowing is prioritized similar to street plowing.

"We have been plowing sidewalks since Monday night. But with the additional snow we got, we are initiating another plow of our sidewalks."

The declared parking ban, which extends the annual snow route parking ban by two hours (midnight to 7 a.m.) will end Saturday at 7 a.m. The annual snow route parking ban (2 a.m. to 7 a.m.) will remain in effect until March 1.

To sign up for snow zone notifications, visit winnipeg.ca/snow or contact 311.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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