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Snow mitigation work continues overnight

December 6 2016

Snowy street in Gastown

With temperatures dropping to below freezing last night, Citycrews continued to add salt to roads and sidewalks to mitigate icy conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists during today's morning commute. Please take extra time to get to where you are going and be cautious.

Crews were dispatched last night to:

  • Salt and plow main routes and priority hills
  • Clear seawall paths and sidewalks, priority bikes routes, and to manually remove snow at bus shelters and gutters that lead to catch basins as well as sidewalk curb ramps at intersections
  • Respond to "hot spots"
  • Requests that came in through 3-1-1

We take snow removal seriously and have a comprehensive snow response plan in place. Our fleet includes 44 trucks that salt roads and there are 1,500 tonnes of salt in stock. We added four new brine units this year that can spray more area in less time. Specialized equipment is also available to salt bikeways.

Be prepared for the next snow fall

Winter weather brings cold temperatures and wet conditions to Vancouver that can cause safety issues for cyclists, commuters, and pedestrians.

With clear and dry conditions in the near-term before the next anticipated snowfall, we encourage you to:

  • Get winter tires for your vehicle
  • Stock up on salt for sidewalks
  • Wear appropriate footwear when walking to prevent slipping

Please clear snow and ice from your sidewalk 

Vancouver property owners and occupants (tenants) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks that surround their property by 10:00am the morning following a snowfall. This responsibility is in effect seven days a week. If you fail to remove snow and ice, you may be subject to fines.

Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with mobility challenges.

Please lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks by adopting a sidewalk.

 Be prepared for winter weather

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Use the app to report:

  • Snow causing flooding
  • Issues with transit shelter access
  • Uncleared sidewalks
  • Any other street maintenance issues

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