Roving tow trucks have already begun easing congestion on the city’s busiest roads in just two months, according to city officials.
In February, council approved a one-year pilot project worth $636,000, putting five tow trucks on major roadways in the city to clear away broken-down vehicles. Tow-truck operators have already cleared 255 vehicles, according to the city transportation officials.
“It’s been very successful so far and we have had a lot of positive feedback … anecdotally, Calgarians have said they have noticed smoother drives as a result,” manager Troy McLeod said, adding an average of seven incidents are responded to daily.
Trucks are assigned to Crowchild at the Bow River crossing, Memorial between downtown and Deerfoot, Macleod Trail up to Anderson, Glenmore Trail up to Crowchild and a fifth truck patrols the Deerfoot.