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Residents Urged to Drive Carefully on Snowpacked Roads

Web posted on February 08, 2014

Guelph, ON, February 7, 2014 Unusually large snow banks along roadways have reduced the horizontal width of many of Guelph's roads.

Ensuring adequate clearance
Residents are asked to avoid parking on the street where possible. When parking on-street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph's traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3 m of clearance on the road space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to pass safety.

As winter control crews work to improve these conditions, no-parking signs may be erected on some residential streets 48 hours in advance of snow removal efforts. Residents are asked to comply with posted signs to allow plows to widen roadways.

To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.

Trace amount of snow but cold temperatures in coming days. Environment Canada is forecasting a few centimetres of snow but cold temperatures in coming days.

Winter control crews are shifting focus from clearing main and secondary routes to clearing isolated locations of blowing and drifting snow, and snow removal in the downtown core and on permissive parking streets (residential streets).

Guelph's main and secondary routes are in very good condition following the most recent winter control activity. The residential street plow out which began Wednesday night is also complete.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during winter weather:

* High snow banks and narrow streets may be a safety hazard to those backing vehicles out onto roadways. Where possible, residents are asked to lower snow banks along their driveways to improve sight lines and remove excess snow from the road to help widen the street in front of their residence.

* Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.

* Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding as temperatures rise.

* If you're able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shovelling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.

* Clear snow from exterior vents that are connected to fuel fired appliances such as fireplaces and furnaces to prevent carbon monoxide accumulation inside the home.

* Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City's snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road.

* Continue to use caution in parks and on trails.

* Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.

The City's winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

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