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Overnight road clearing in business centres starts tonight

January 04, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Snow clearing will be occurring in Kelowna’s Downtown core overnight tonight and residents and businesses in the area are advised that vehicles should be moved off main roads to allow for an effective snow clearing.

“Crews have been working around the clock to clear Priority 1 roads which include high traffic roadways and commuter routes,” said Stephen Bryans, Roadway Operations Supervisor. “Typically, lower elevation areas like the downtown core will melt fairly quickly, but with cool temperatures and a record snowfall, that’s not the case this year.”
Other town centres and business areas including South Pandosy and Rutland will also be cleared during overnight shifts, weather permitting. 

“We understand that some areas remain an issue and we are working to clear those roads as soon as possible,” said Bryans. “However, if another snowfall happens before the completion of priority two or three roads, we will need to return to priority one.” 

The City owns 21 snow removal trucks and three graders along with five sidewalk plows, and clears snow and ice (excluding Highways 33 and 97) based on roadway priority status.

Priority 1 includes high-traffic roads such as Gordon Drive.

Priority 2 includes collector roads such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centers and emergency vehicle stations.

Priority 3 includes local roads in neighbourhoods.

Residents and businesses are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways adjacent to their property. The City encourages residents to help out their neighbours by lending a hand with shoveling. Those who help out can be nominated as a Snow Buster and are entered in a monthly draw to win Kelowna Rockets tickets.

For more information about snow removal and the Snow Buster program, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.

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