City starts snow grading blitz
City of Saskatoon crews hope grading will stop ruts from forming
City of Saskatoon crews are launching a `full-force attack` on unplowed streets.
Over the next few days, crews will be clearing streets neighbourhood by neighbourhood, hoping to stop large ruts before they start. Crews will be focusing on neighbourhoods still covered with deep snow.
"Not every street will be done," said Pat Hyde, director of public works. "We'll be assessing neighbourhood by neighbourhood as we go through them."
While crews had previously towed vehicles and posted signs that grading would be occurring, that won't be happening during the grading blitz. Instead, crews will be going around parked vehicles, pushing snow to the side of the road into windrows.
The city hopes grading as many roads as possible will stop deep ice ruts from forming.
The city had budgeted for a city-wide grading program earlier this winter, but extremely cold weather forced crews to stop in late January.
Crews will be grading streets in College Park, College Park East, Confederation Park and Dundonald.