Crews work to clear roads

With Barrie getting snowed under with the first storm of the season, road crews are working full tilt to clear the roads, says Ward 7 councillor John Brassard.
“In the past 24 hours, Barrie has received significant snowfall amounts as a result of a squall line that stayed over the city during that time. For your information, the following is an update on the status of winter-control operations in response to the recent snowfall. Be assured that all available staff and equipment have been working hard to clear the snow, with priority given to the main arterials for buses and emergency vehicles.”

• Roads
Our arterial routes continue to receive 24/7 service since midnight. Priority roads are receiving ongoing maintenance as required. Plowing operations on residential routes commenced at midnight, but are behind compared to our usual progress at this time, as some residential plows assisted priority plows last night, since these plows were temporarily pulled off the road for the safety of our drivers due to poor visibility.
Residential roads will be plowed by noon, with the exception of routes 8 and 10 that include areas from Tiffin to Huronia, and Highway 131 to Huronia that will be completed by 4:00 p.m. today.
Plow operators will have reached the maximum driving hours allowed by provincial legislation at noon today. They will be going home to rest and will return at 10:00 p.m. to clean areas more thoroughly and to wing banks back. This may be subject to change
depending on changing weather/road conditions.

• Sidewalks
Our sidewalks on arterial roads continue to receive 24/7 service. Sidewalks on primary routes will be completed by noon tomorrow. Snow-plowing operations on residential sidewalks were dispatched at 4:00 a.m. and will be completed by Friday.
We can assure you that every effort is being made to get the job done as quickly and effectively as possible and hope that this communication will help with answering inquiries that you may receive.
If you should have questions or require further information, please call Craig Morton, manager of roads and parks operations, at 726-4242, ext 4910.

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