Streets plowed on priority basis, city wants cars removed

The City of Windsor is reminding its residents streets are plowed on a priority basis.

Streets near fire and police facilities and homes for the aged get first plows

City of Windsor snowplow driver Dan Nappa talks to CBC Windsor's Vince Robinet about his challenges driving plow after a storm. 1:46

The City of Windsor is reminding its residents streets are plowed on a priority basis.

The city's 311 Call Centre opened at 7 a.m. Monday but plow crews have their priority assignments, so any requests for plowing should be saved until at least Tuesday.

"We've got a priority basis, that priority being first our home for the aged, fire and police facilities and then we'll prioritize further municipal facilities after that," said John Miceli, the city's executive director of facilities.

Staff began working 12-hour shifts 7 p.m. Sunday in an effort ensure municipal facilities were accessible Monday.

At 5 a.m. Monday staff turned their attention to residential streets.

The city has hired contractors to help operate an additional 28 pieces of equipment brought in to clear residential streets.

Maintenance manager Pete Matheson is urging people to make the operation more efficient by not parking on the streets.

"We're asking people with driveways to remove their vehicles off the road. Park them in the driveway. We realize that there's a lot of areas in the core city where people don't have a place to park and it's sort of unavoidable, but we're asking the ones that can, please remove your car," he said. "This snow is really heavy. It's heavy pushing, and it's unfortunate if cars are parked on the street, that we'll have to push the snow towards the cars."

Dan Nappa is snowplow driver for the City of Windsor. He said parked cars are the biggest challenge he faces.

"Trying to get around them, and traffic coming up," he said. "People don't tend to understand that we're trying to clean the snow, and they come up toward us like they come first. It's hard to get around the cars and run the truck and watch everybody at the same time."

Temperatures to fall

Matheson said snow removal has been a little easier this week as opposed to last because the temperature over the weekend was warmer, allowing salt to work more effectively.

The temperature is forecast to drop to -16 C during the day Monday and down to -27 C overnight. Tuesday, it's expected to be no warmer than -19 C.

Combine those temperatures with wind gusts of 50-60 km/hr and it will produce wind chills of -40 C.

"That's the point where salt no longer works. So side streets are going to really experience a hard freeze," Matheson said. "I'm concerned with that, because it's supposed to remain very cold until some time later Tuesday, at which time temperatures will be warm enough that salt might start to work again."


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