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City's snow removal crews keeping roads clear

December 19 2012

Snow removal on Vancouver streets

The snow is falling throughout the City of Vancouver and 20 trucks and 60 crew members have been out plowing and salting roads since 3:00 am and will continue to work until late this evening. While major roads are not in bad condition, crews have closed two sections: Oak Street from Broadway to 6th Avenue, and also Spruce and Alder Streets between Broadway and 6th Avenue.

Accumulations of anywhere from 10 to 20cm are expected and efforts are also being made to clear snow and slush from catch basins, sidewalks, intersections and bus stops. The City of Vancouver takes snow removal seriously and is making consistent, coordinated efforts to keep main throughways clear, including bus routes and bridges. If you don’t need to use a vehicle today and can take transit instead, please consider doing so.

The public is encouraged to do their part to keep Vancouver sidewalks clear. Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with disabilities. The City encourages residents and businesses to lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks, and adopt the sidewalk of a senior neighbour or person with a mobility issue and keep it clear of snow and ice.

Residents and businesses are reminded that all Vancouver property owners and occupants (tenants) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their property by 10 am on the morning following a snowfall, seven days a week. Property owners and occupants who fail to remove snow and ice are subject to a fine.

To report problems on City property, please call 3-1-1 or 604-873-7000.

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