With a forecasted 10 cm of snow to fall across the Okanagan by tomorrow at noon, the City of West Kelowna road maintenance crews are gearing up to prepare the streets for motorists.
Snow and ice will make driving and walking conditions tricky, even as crews conduct road and sidewalk maintenance, said Jason Luciw with the City of West Kelowna.
Crews will maintain winter roads in priority sequence by:
- Placing brine on designated routes prior to snowfall.
- Focusing first on arterial roads, such as Boucherie, Glenrosa, Shannon Lake and Westlake to ensure that the most traveled roads are passable for emergency crews and priority services, delivery of essential goods and mass transit.
- Focusing secondly on collector roads, school bus and other transit routes and steep neighbourhood accesses such as Auburn, Elliott, Gellatly, Ross and Thacker.
- Moving thirdly to local streets, cul-de-sacs, etc.
Residents, please help clear the way:
- Park off street up to 48 hours after the snowfall ends and until snow is cleared.
- On street parking makes plowing difficult and sometimes impossible. Incidents have occurred where plows could not pass parked cars to clear streets.
- Do not shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks back onto the street.
- This also slows plow drivers’ work. Pile snow on your property and keep storm drains and hydrants as clear as possible.
- Shovel snow to the left (as you face your home) so plows drag less snow across accesses.
- Remove snow and ice from sidewalks and walkways bordering your property.
The city removes snow and ice from designated sidewalks, primarily adjacent to civic buildings, parks and pedestrian accesses.
View roads priority map at westkelownacity.ca/roads for more information.
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