It seems I’m not the only one who’s questioning the value of our City snow clearing efforts. http://calgaryherald.com/news/traffic/flooded-with-complaints-councillors-ask-city-to-re-examine-snow-and-ice-control-efforts
Some points – only with a residential roads lens – considering most residential roads DO NOT get plowed in any timely matter, I question the value to pedestrians, transit users and home owners on residential roads.
– response time for windrow clearing from pedestrian access points and transit stops are generally well beyond 72 hrs
– full ROW (right-of-way) clearing in residential areas leaves a windrow that usually necessitates all vehicle occupants to exit into traffic (problematic for children and elderly)
– full ROW plowing often covers curbs and drainage grates (ice/flooding potential high as we’re a Chinook city)
– if left unplowed, the residential routes that receive plowing are often cleared double-track to asphalt very soon after snow stops
Appreciating bus routes need to be safe and (reasonably) smooth for those on those buses – the rest of the conversation gets lost on me.
For instance – where is the value in clearing parking lanes in residential areas if those homes are just left with a big windrow and extra work?
What do you think?
– only clear through lanes in residential areas (windrow cross-section smaller and therefore melts faster, curb and drainage grates not blocked)
– clear bus-stops from the curb outwards (carry down-road and drop) – or use a blade blocker to not deposit on bus stops
– ditto for pedestrian access points (intersections, aprons, etc)
– consider only truck mounted plows and traction agent in residential. (on that, once smoothed (not necessarily to asphalt) keep plows up to save wear and tear)
– limit (or none) melt agents on residential roads
– consider not doing Priority 1 and 2 routes simultaneously if having trouble keeping up with major routes (maybe eliminate residential snow routes)
– if whole residential ROW clearing is needed – plow in the day when most vehicles are not needing to park
– schedule and publish neighborhood plowing sequence (2300 tickets/11 tows this last event makes for questionable optics – although I’m not sure how many were issued in residential)
– focus on problem areas – hills, etc.
– consider removal for problem areas
– consider mid-road windrow
– consider windrow flattener (saw years back, looking for link)
I’ve been asking these questions for a number of years. We’re not being asked how well received the snow clearing efforts were, then the next snow event comes…