Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Municipal crews have been working non-stop through the day and night to remove the snow and ice from clogged streets, intersections and sidewalks across the Halifax region, and will continue until all routes are once again passable.
Most areas of Halifax received close to 60 centimetres of snow over the past week, complicated by rain and extended periods of freezing temperatures. Crews are still dealing with the resulting ice pack, which will require repeated salt applications, scraping and warmer temperatures before conditions begin to improve.
The municipality recognizes how frustrating the past week has been for commuters, particularly those with mobility issues, and we appreciate residents’ patience as snow removal continues. Additional equipment has been brought in to supplement the four municipal loaders, 40 street plows and 10 sidewalk plows that are currently deployed to haul away the snow.
Crews are addressing problem areas by removing snow from cul-de-sacs, pushing back and removing snow banks and widening intersections and turning lanes. Crews are also focussed on hauling snow away from blocked bus stops.
Supervisors have reviewed all sidewalk routes and those not meeting service standards will be the focus of clearing operations over the next 12 to 24 hours. Like the streets, the sidewalks will need repeated salting, scraping and warmer temperatures before conditions can improve significantly.
Overnight tonight, crews will be hauling snow from the following areas:
- Spring Garden Road
- Brenton Place
- Dresden Row
- Birmingham Street
- Argyle Street
- Grafton Street
- Gottingen Street
- Portland Street between King Street & Alderney Drive, and surrounding side streets
- Sackville Drive
This work will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10. Residents are reminded that as per Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, they should remove their vehicles from the streets while snow clearing operations are underway so crews have full access. Vehicles in violation may be ticketed or towed, at any time of the day or night.
For more information on municipal snow clearing operations and service standards, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow.