Winnipeg – The City of Winnipeg is asking residents to spend Boxing Day in the comfort of their own homes, if at all possible, so that crews can go about their job of clearing city streets as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Public Works Communications Officer Ken Allen told 680 CJOB about 100 truck plows will be working non-stop to keep major routes “drive able” until the snow stops and the wind quits blowing. “Rest assured, we had those truck plows out as soon as the snow started to fly overnight,” Allen said. “We’re focusing on those main routes and collector streets to keep the traffic flowing today.”
A major cleanup operation is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Boxing Day evening, continuing through the morning to have most major arteries in “decent” shape by the morning. “We’re going to be bringing out the front end loaders and motor graders – about 400 to 450 pieces of Heavy Equipment will be on the street doing the cleanup,” Allen said. “The trick for motorists is going to be to get from their residential street on to those main routes. But once they get there the driving condition should be decent.”
The City Public Work Crews will also begin Sidewalk cleaning on P1 and P2 Streets at 7 p.m. on Monday Night while citywide back lane plowing will commence Tuesday Morning at 7 a.m. and continue through until 7 p.m. “The way we clear back lanes is we focus on the areas where garbage pickup is scheduled,” said Allen. “So that’s where we’ll be starting first on back lanes Tuesday Morning.”
A Declared Snow Route Parking Ban will be in effect starting at midnight on Tuesday, December 27 at 12:00 a.m until 7:00 a.m.