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Local snow removal update
January 6, 2017
Snow removal crews continue to work at full capacity in the county, city and on highways in the region.
County crews continue clearing main paved roads as a priority; followed by arterial and local gravel roads. They are also working in Clairmont north of 108 Avenue and La Glace and expect to move on to Whispering Ridge and Westlake on Monday. More information on County of Grande Prairie snow clearing here.
Plows in the city are currently working on main roads and bus routes. Residential snow clearing in the city will begin Monday with your snow removal day being the day before your scheduled garbage pickup. More information on the city's snow removal schedule can be found here.
Residents in both the county and city are asked to move their vehicles off the streets when needed so snow removal crews can get in there and clear the streets. Parking bans remain in effect in Grande Prairie until further notice.
Local highways were slick and caused some grief for drivers with the most recent snowfall. One area where there were multiple vehicles in the ditch was Richmond Hill.
Julie MacIsaac with Alberta Transportation says trucks were working on Richmond Hill throughout the day Thursday.
"We're aware of the hot spots in the Grande Prairie region, one of them being Richmond Hill...With the continuous snowfall like the one that was experienced in Grande Prairie this week we know that driving conditions have been impacted, and we have all available resources out clearing and sanding the roads and they will remain on the roads until they are restored to good driving condition."
She says there are 14 plow trucks dedicated to the highways in the Grande Prairie area.
"Contractors monitor the forecast on a regular basis and this helps them to anticipate when crews will need to be mobilized before snow starts accumulating," explained MacIsaac. "So it started snowing in Grande Prairie around midnight on January 3, and it's been snowing steadily on and off ever since, so with a prolonged snow event like this, the contractor has to manage man power and equipment."
Two of the 14 trucks run 24 hours a day; the other 12 operate on rotating 13-hour shifts. All of the plow trucks are equipped with sand and a de-icing agent containing calcium.