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City using snow-free weather to sand and train

With so little snow on the ground, you might be wondering why the city has snow plows out in residential neighbourhoods. As there’s essentially no snow left on roads, crews are doing patrols for any spots left over and sanding icy patches.

Normally the work is contracted out, but the city is using is own workers as a training opportunity should they be needed. Transportation Services Manager Robert Carroll says senior operators are passing their knownlege onto new ones so they can be ready to use an angle blade or grader.

“We have to be flexible and able to adapt to weather and crew changes to keep our roads clear.”

As a reminder, residential streets are plowed after high priority and bus routes, and only after 10 centimetres of snow builds up. Your neighbourhood will see plows the day before garbage day.

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