Parking enforcement to patrol Regina snow routes
City says it will be at least 2 weeks before residential plow is finished
City of Regina crews will begin plowing residential roads on Thursday unless a substantial amount of snow falls and prevents it.
However, even without more snow, it will take workers about two weeks to finish clearing those neighbourhoods.
Snow routes came into effect 6 a.m. CST Tuesday morning on portions of Victoria Avenue, Winnipeg Street and College Avenue.
The streets are cleared based on a priority system. As of Tuesday morning, the city had plowed 50 per cent of category one roads and 26 per cent of category two.
Overall, the cleanup effort typically takes 10 business days, according to city manager of winter maintenance Chris Warren.
The nearly 30 centimetres of recent snowfall continues to trouble pedestrians and drivers, and it surpassed the norm of what crews typically deal with, Warren said.
He said the substantial amount of snow doesn't deter the city from its mandate of clearing the major roadways.
But Warren said he doesn't think it will be too difficult for people to get off the road.
"We're pretty confident that the majority of people will be able to get out and get their cars moved," he said.
Regina residents have also taken to social media, including the city's official Facebook page, to express their frustrations about receiving parking tickets on Monday.
CBC has contacted the city with questions about these concerns but a spokesperson for the city said it's unlikely a response will be given before Tuesday afternoon.
Warren said the city is up "against the clock" as they try to get the snow removed, while also working to get the catch basins ready for the melt.
The city has brought in 14 contractor graders as well as four contractor loaders to help.
Warren said that the city typically has workers operating 45 pieces of equipment during a systematic plow.
Furthermore, about one-third of those workers are on overtime.
"We would just ask the public to have some patience," said Warren.