Charlottetown is looking for someone else to do $100,000 worth of snow clearing in the city after the province pulled out of the contract.
'They're going with larger plow trucks — I believe double tandem — so they don't feel they can handle the city roads.'— Coun. Terry Bernard
The province had been clearing about 25 kilometres of streets in the city, including some major north-south routes such as St Peters Road, Brackley Point Road and Lower Malpeque Road, but has given the city notice it won't be doing it any more.
Charlottetown was paying Transportation and Public Works $100,000 for the service, and expects it will have to pay more for private contractors to do the work.
"I don't know, but we're anticipating it to be a little bit more," said Coun. Terry Bernard, chair of the city's public works committee.
"It's going out to tender, and that would only be a guestimate on my part to say how much more."
Bernard said the province is buying new snow removal equipment that will make it too difficult for the plows to navigate the narrow city streets.
"They're going with larger plow trucks — I believe double tandem — so they don't feel they can handle the city roads, city roads being much smaller," he said.
City council will put out a request for proposals for the 15 streets and expects to get an actual price tag for the work by mid-November.