Snow time means go time for Kelowna plowing crews

Snow time means go time

Kelowna saw its first real snowfall this weekend, and snow removal crews were kept busy by clearing and sanding roads. 

“We’re working on Priority 1 and 2 routes now, and residents are asked to be patient as crews make their way through priority areas before moving into residential roads in neighbourhoods,” says Stephen Bryans, the city's roadway operations supervisor.

  1. Priority one includes high-traffic roads such as Gordon Drive.
  2. Priority two includes collector roads such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations.
  3. Priority three includes local roads within neighbourhoods.

“We’re also working on clearing multi-use pathways for cyclists and city-owned sidewalks. Residents and local businesses are encouraged to do their part by shoveling sidewalks and making sure to move vehicles off the road to help plows and sanders move through the city quickly and safely.”

Highways 97 and 33 are maintained by the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. 

A snow event advisory may be issued in the event of heavy snowfall, which means a temporary parking ban will come into effect in snow route areas. Currently, there is no snow event advisory in effect.

Residents and business owners are responsible for clearing the snow off sidewalks adjacent to their property. Some residents may find snow clearing difficult, particularly seniors and those with an injury or disability. If someone helps to clear your sidewalk or driveway, you can nominate them as a Snow Angel.

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