City crews hard at work after snowfall: Roadways manager

By Taylor MacPherson
March 6, 2017 - 4:07pm

Road clearing is underway after winter returned to Prince Albert over the weekend, but SGI is advising all drivers to take extra precautions after a heavy snowfall.

City Roadways Manager Brent Kennedy said snow clearing operations are proceeding well.

“It’s going really good. The guys started at 5 [a.m.] this morning,” Kennedy told paNOW. “All our snow equipment is still in place; we know it’s March and we may be getting another dump yet.”

Kennedy said crews are currently working on clearing all of the city’s main arterial and emergency routes, and barring another snowfall will move on to school zones and city bus routes later this week. If the snow packs well, Kennedy said crews may not need to clear low-traffic residential streets.

“We may not even go to residential [areas],” he said. “We’ll determine that in a couple days.”

The city has not issued any parking bans, Kennedy said, but noted snow removal becomes faster and easier if people move their vehicles off the street after a snowfall.

SGI recommended caution when driving in winter conditions.

“Motorists need to match their speed to the road conditions, even if it means driving a bit slower than the posted speed limit,” SGI spokesperson Tyler McMurchy told paNOW. “Posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions.”

In the city, McMurchy said drivers should watch out for icy patches and avoid following other vehicles too closely or proceeding through intersections before looking in all directions.

“Be careful going through intersections,” McMurchy said. “Other cars might hit a slippery patch and be sliding through.”

For highway drivers, McMurchy advised checking weather alerts and highway conditions before departing, and packing a well-stocked emergency kit including items such as a shovel, warm blankets, booster cables, a flashlight and a charged cell phone.

“If you do end up stranded, stay with your vehicle,” McMurchy said. “In the whiteout conditions that we’re seeing, if you get out of the car it makes you vulnerable to being hit by passing motorists.”

 

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