Windsor ramps up snow removal, closing roads to do so
Buses cancelled again, but school closures are rare Greater Essex County District School Board says
The City of Windsor will conduct additional snow removal operations beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The measures, approved by council Monday night, include the removal of snow from sidewalks and bus stops on major routes.
To accommodate the operations, the following rotating road closures can be expected in the coming days:
- Wyandotte Street East, eastbound from Ouellette Avenue to Lauzon Road.
- Ottawa Street, eastbound to Walker Road.
- Wyandotte Street West, westbound from Ouellette Avenue to Huron Church Road.
- Tecumseh Road East, eastbound from Ouellette Avenue to Lauzon Road.
- Erie Street, eastbound from Ouellette Avenue to Lincoln Road.
The city said the precise timing of the closures cannot be determined in advance but that the work will be conducted during the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, resuming on Sunday evening if needed.
In addition, commuters may encounter delays due to snow removal operations beginning Wednesday at 7 a.m. along the following routes:
- Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive heading south.
- University Avenue West, westbound from Ouellette Avenue to Huron Church Road.
Work on these corridors will run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, resuming Monday morning at 7 a.m. if required.
The city has also delayed the collection of waste, recyclables and Christmas trees. A full schedule of changes can be found here.
Buses cancelled, again
For a second consecutive day, no school buses will be on the roads in Windsor-Essex.
Schools at both the Greater Essex County District School Board and Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board are open.
"School closure is an extreme. It is a very rare occurrence," public board spokesperson Scott Scantlebury said. "For our board, in my experience, we've had one school closure in my eight years of working with the board, and that was because of severe freezing rain."
School boards have to provide 194 instructional days during the school year.
They only have a handful of days to make up for lost time.
The bus companies determine whether it's feasible to be on the roads. They factor in whether they can get into side streets which may not be plowed.
"They have spotters located in all areas of Windsor and Essex County who send them information on current conditions," Scantlebury said.
Both boards received complaints that the schools remained open.
The temperature isn't expected to get any higher than -19 C Tuesday.
"But even that won't be enough to cancel classes," Scantlebury said.
Both boards will likely keep children inside for recess.
Schools in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton are closed due to the extreme winter weather and road conditions.
Back in Windsor, classes will run as usual at both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College.