Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – Municipal offices, customer service centres and recreation centres will delay opening today until 10 a.m. due to challenging conditions on streets and sidewalks throughout the region.
Winter Operations crews are fully engaged in clearing the 15 to 20 cm of snow and ice pellets that accumulated overnight as a result of a winter storm. Main streets and transit routes are the first priority for snow clearing and are currently snow-covered and passable. Clearing efforts have been hampered by high winds that caused blowing, drifting snow, and in some areas streets and sidewalks were filled back in as they are plowed. Residents are encouraged to travel with caution this morning if they have to be out on streets and sidewalks, and expect winter conditions.
Safety is the municipality’s top priority. Delaying opening of municipal offices and the customer service centres will facilitate clearing efforts and ensure a safer commute for employees and residents.
Although recreation centres are set to reopen at 10 a.m., residents are advised to call ahead to their respective facility for updates on closures and cancellations. Contact information for municipally-operated facilities is online at www.halifax.ca/rec/reccentres.php.
Some Halifax Transit buses are currently operating with service delays or on snow plan detours. Updates on individual bus routes are available by following @hfxtransit on Twitter, or online at www.twitter.com/hfxtransit.
Residents are reminded that curbside collection of garbage, organics and recyclables is cancelled for today. Those residents who normally have collection on Friday will instead have their collection take place on Saturday, Feb. 11. Materials must be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. to ensure pick-up.
Residents are asked to 'Think Before You Park' today, and consider parking off-street while snow clearing operations are underway. Residents are reminded that under Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, vehicles can be ticketed and towed any time they’re interfering with snow clearing.
The municipality thanks residents for their patience and cooperation. For regular storm updates and more information on snow clearing, visit www.halifax.ca/snow.