City Busy Plowing Winnipeg Streets

By David Klassen

A convoy of snow plows clear Winnipeg streets on Friday, January 28, 2011. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)
(MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Crews are out working to plow city streets after snow accumulated overnight combined with the strong winds to create high drifts.

The City of Winnipeg began plowing Friday at 10 p.m. and is still working on main routes, bus routes and collector streets. Sanding trucks are also working to improve road traction.

Plowing of back lanes is underway from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and will continue until completed. Plowing of sidewalks on main routes will be followed by plowing of sidewalks on bus routes, collector and residential streets in the coming days.

“As we will have hundreds of pieces of equipment working to clear streets as quickly as possible over the next few days, we want to remind motorists to use extra caution when driving near plows and sanding trucks,” said Ken Boyd, manager of the streets maintenance division.

The final cleanup with graders on the main routes, bus routes and collector streets will begin Sunday at 7 p.m. About 250 pieces of equipment is being used for the cleanup.

Highway 1 from Portage to Headingley reopened late Saturday morning after closing Friday evening. Other area highways around Winnipeg are also slowly reopening. For updated conditions, visit MB511.ca.

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