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Tuesday January 7th, 2014

Posted at 8:43pm

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How do you remove tons of snow from the sidewalks of major routes where it has piled up? With a giant snowblower, dump trucks and dozens of front end loaders and Bobcats.

Snow removal operations got underway at 6pm, Tuesday night, and crews began tackling piled up snow along Wyandotte, Ottawa Street, Erie Street and Tecumseh Road.

Here’s how it works:

First, both traffic lanes are blocked. Drivers are asked to take another route or wait for one of the dump trucks to fill up and move.

Next, Bobcats push and pull snow…

… into the curb lane of the road.

Then the snowblower moves in, chopping up all of the snow, and spitting it into the back of a dump truck.

When a dump truck fills up, it drives to one of several dump sites. These include Mic Mac Park, Ford Test Track and the Riverfront Festival Plaza.

The dump trucks unload. Rinse and repeat.

And here’s the finished result. Sidewalks much cleaner than before.

Removal of snow from bus stops, sidewalks and major routes is expected to continue tonight until 6am.

These rotating lane closures will continue over the next few days:

  • Wyandotte Street East, eastbound from Ouellette Avenue to Lauzon Road
  • Ottawa Street, eastbound to Walker Road
  • Wyandotte Street West, westbound from Ouellette Avenue to Huron Church Road
  • Tecumseh Road East, eastbound from Ouellette Avenue to Lauzon Road
  • Erie Street, eastbound from Ouellette Avenue to Lincoln Road

The city says the precise timing of closures cannot be determined in advance but the work will be conducted during the hours of 6pm to 6am Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, resuming on Sunday evening if needed.

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