Snow-removal work continues today following the snowstorm that dumped 39 centimetres on Montreal, a record for Dec. 29.
There are roughly 10,000 kilometres of roads and sidewalks to clear across the city, said city spokesman Jacques-Alain Lavallée.
He called the cleanup a "major challenge."
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The cleanup is expected to cost nearly $20 million, out of the city's total snow clearing budget of $159 million.
Blue-collar workers will get a break for New Year's Eve at 7 p.m. until Jan. 2 at 7 a.m.
Crews had completed about 12 per cent of the snow removal operation by 7 a.m. on Thursday, according to Info-Neige app.
The order of priority for snow-removal workers is as follows:
- Main traffic arteries, key bus routes, entrances to hospitals and other emergency services.
- Local commercial streets, other bus routes.
- Small residential streets, industrial areas.
Anyone still buried under the snow tonight will have to wait until Sat. Crews go on a mandatory 36hour break at 7pm pic.twitter.com/EjQfkLkixs— @jbernstien