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Plows clearing residential roads

Now that the main roads and bus routes are clear, City of Edmonton sanders, plows and graders are heading for residential streets.

Now that the main roads and bus routes are clear, City of Edmonton sanders, plows and graders are heading for residential streets.

“We have 115 units on the road right now, which is standard,” Lloyd Meyer, superintendent of roadway maintenance services, said yesterday.

In a week to 10 days from now, the city will have cleared all 4,800 kilometres of road.

“It’s a big job, a lot of equipment, a lot of people behind the scenes,” said Meyer.

Snow stacked downtown and in business areas will be removed, while windrows in residential areas will be kept below 30 centimetres at driveways.

While things have come together since the winter storm last week, Coun. Kerry Diotte said yesterday a plan should be in place to let residents know of a timeframe for their streets and back lanes.

“They try to plow the main arterial roads in 48 hours and they’ve got that benchmarked,” said Diotte. “(But) there’s no real benchmark for city residential streets.”

He said his office has been getting a lot of calls, while Meyer said the city had about 1,000 calls between the snowfall and the end of the weekend — an average number.

 
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