Ottawa

Cullen calls for windrow removal

One Ottawa councillor is plowing ahead with a proposal for the city to remove ridges of snow left by snowplows at the end of driveways.

One Ottawa councillor is plowing ahead with a proposal for the city to remove ridges of snow left by snowplows at the end of driveways.

Coun. Alex Cullen tabled a draft motion at Wednesday's transportation committee meeting for the city to start a pilot project that would force the city to remove windrows, or rows of snow left behind by plows.

The city studied the idea in 2003, but concluded that it would be too expensive and time-consuming, almost doubling the time it takes to clear city streets and costing $21 million.

But the Bay Ward councillor argues that estimate is based on sending out hundreds of front-end loaders to clear windrows after plows have already cleaned the roads.

He suggests purchasing a simple blade that attaches to plows, which would cost less than $10 million.

The committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal next month.

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