Halifax reveals which streets are free of snow
City says south end not favoured, but it does have more cleared roads than the north end
CBC's Mainstreet has put together a map of Halifax streets intensively cleared of snow and ice by city crews as of Monday afternoon.
Yesterday, CBC reported on questions about how city streets are prioritized for plowing. Alana Yorke, who lives in Halifax's north end, visited the south end over the weekend and wondered why "isolated" streets were paved down to the bare pavement and curb to curb.
The black lines show the cleared streets.
Mainstreet asked Darrin Natolino, head of Halifax's winter works, if people have a better chance of seeing their street cleared curb to curb if they live in the south end.
"No, I don't think that's a fair comment to make," said Natolino. "It's not that we would rather send the trucks to the south end, it's that those streets needed more attention."
South-end streets often have "bowls" attracting water, he said, whereas north-end streets tend to be on hills.
The city gave CBC a list of these priority streets plowed by city crews as of Monday afternoon. (It does not include work done by contract snow crews.)
Also, the streets may have only had select blocks completely cleared. Overall city crews are trying for "snow-covered, passable" conditions at minimum, said Jennifer Stairs, who speaks for the city.