Yesterday’s forecast was unpredictable and we weren’t exactly sure how it would land here in the Capital. In the end, the airport reported a total of 3 centimetres of snow yesterday. Although chilly temperatures are expected tonight, Ottawa enjoyed ample sunshine today! The Roads and Parking Services team is monitoring a system that could bring a wintry mix of precipitations tomorrow, but at this point, nothing of any significance is being reported.
Crews have made significant progress with snow removal operations since they began in mid-January, and their work continues this week.
How much progress you ask? Let’s talk numbers!
Since it All Began – Snow Removal Accomplishments
· A total of 596 crews have been assigned to snow removal
· Removal of snowbanks from over 2.295 million curb metres - that’s equivalent to 2,295 kilometres of roadway!
· Removal of snowbanks from over 2,400 street segments
What’s Left to Complete?
As snow removal operations start to wind down, here’s a look at what to expect this week:
· There are 455,000 curb metres still scheduled (a total of 455 kilometres) for snowbank removal;
· Crews will continue snowbank removal efforts on arterial and collector roadways, as well as cul de sacs and dead ends;
· The bulk of urban neighbourhoods have been completed with night work scheduled in the business district areas;
· Staff are also reviewing areas where streets may have become narrow again as their snowbanks were removed at the beginning of our snow removal schedule.
This week, our focus remains on snowbank removal and unless the forecast shifts significantly, crews will continue their efforts. They have been busy!
Alongside snow removal operations, the team will continue to clean-up and address icy conditions on our transportation network, with a focus on sidewalks and residential neighborhoods throughout the week.
Snowbank removal will continue throughout the City this week and operations will be adjusted as required to ensure a portion of the team is reallocated to respond to the weather if necessary.
Looking ahead to later in the week, the Roads and Parking Services team is closely watching another system that is tracking to arrive in Ottawa on Thursday.