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Friday December 13th, 2013

Posted at 4:17pm

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With Environment Canada calling for 7 to 15 centimetres of snow to fall overnight and through the day tomorrow, the City of Windsor says that they have plan for road clearing.

They say that salting and ploughing of main routes begins immediately, and that an average route takes them from 3 to 6 hours. However, they say that with the anticipated pre-Christmas shopping traffic, routes may take even longer.

Once the main roads are clear and only if more than 10 centimetres has fallen, the trucks will be redeployed onto residential streets. Motorists are asked to please be patient when travelling behind a plough and give operators plenty of room. Plows typically operate at 40 kilometres per hour. They warn that following too close to a snow plough can lead to poor visibility and vehicles being hit by thrown snow or rocks.

Residents are reminded by the city that sidewalks abutting their property are their responsibility. As well, under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor By-laws, residents are prohibited from shovelling snow back onto the street while clearing sidewalks and driveways, as this creates unsafe road conditions for motorists. All sidewalks are to be cleared 4 hours after the snow fall and ice formation for commercial property owners and 12 hours for residential property owners.

Finally, when driving in snowy and icy conditions, drivers are asked to “stay alert, slow down and stay in control”. By leaving plenty of time to reach your destination, your chances of getting there safely are greatly improved.

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