Everyday I'm shovellin', shovellin'
December 20, 2017
I hope that everybody has made it safely through the snow over the last 24 hours.
As I can imagine, there may be some frustration out there about roads getting cleared, but be assured that the City of Calgary does have a plan and here’s the update for December 20.
Calgary’s received between 12-20 cm of snow since noon yesterday leaving roads, sidewalks and cycling infrastructure snow-covered. Snow flurries continue to fall in some pockets of the city. The City of Calgary’s full complement of crews are out working on high volume routes, clearing snow and laying down material.
Our friends, family and neighbours who drive are reminded to slow down and drive for the winter road conditions.
The focus for City of Calgary crews is on P1 (Priority 1) Routes and there has been a good response to this storm.
Our priority system consists of Priority 1 - 4. The current status is:
- Priority 1 - 5% complete
- Priority 2 - 0% complete
- Cycle Track – 0% complete
- Bike Lanes - 10% complete
- Priority 3 and Priority 4 – 0% complete
You can keep track of completed routes and current progress by clicking here.
The cost so far to respond to this latest snow storm has been $289k including $12K of contractor costs. Annual budget of $38.1M, the General Ledger is at $37.1M (97%) spent as of December 20. No updates were sent for snow event #7 and snow was primarily in the southern region of Calgary.
Material usage during this snow period:
- 393 tonnes of salt
- 25 tonnes of pickle mix
- 6,555 litres of liquid products (salt brine, calcium chloride brine and a carbohydrate based brine).
The 7-day forecast shows periods of snow falling until Thursday. Looks like we are going to have a white Christmas, after all.
P.S. If you saw a wet brown solution on the roads before the storm yesterday, don’t be alarmed – the Roads Department is trialing beet juice mixed with salt brine as an anti-icing agent. The mixture has been used in provinces across Canada highway maintenance and has been proven to be a very effective material for snow and ice control.
P.P.S. Roads is also trialing the use of snow gates this winter season. These prevent snow from being transferred off the end of the plow thus reducing windrows for short stretches on roadways which will improve accessibility for Calgarians.
P.P.P.S Thank you to my friends in Roads for this fantastic information!