UPDATED: Recent snowfall triggers Sylvan Lake’s snow removal

Snow removal has begun in Sylvan Lake and will continue for a couple days

UPDATE: The Town will begin to plough C Routes beginning on Dec. 5.

This route includes: Wildrose Drive, Westin Place, 48 Street (north of tracks), 49 Street (north of tracks), 48 Avenue (east of 50 Street), 43 Street (south of tracks), Harrison Road, Herder Drive, Ryders Ridge Boulevard, 45 Avenue and 50A Avenue (east of Lakeshore Drive).

ORIGINAL: A large dump of snow over the weekend has prompted the Town of Sylvan Lake’s snow removal policy.

The Town will first work on clearing snow from major arteries, such as 50 Street – south of the tracks, Lakeshore Drive and 47 Avenue.

These routes are known as A Routes, and snow removal is currently underway and will continue until all major roadways are cleared.

Beginning on Tue., Dec. 4, snow removal will begin on B Routes.

These routes are school zones and “residential collector roads. B Routes include the Downtown Core, Old Boomer Road, Sylvan Drive and Crestview Boulevard.

Sylvan Lake’s snow removal plan is triggered depending on a specific amount of snowfall.

For A Routes, at least eight centimetres of loose snow must have fallen, or at least five centimetres of packed snow found on the road ways.

The Town will begin to plough B Routes once eight centimetres of loose snow, or packed snow, covers the street.

The Town will also ensure “driveways that are ploughed-in will be cleared within one hour. [And] Windrows placed in the centre of roads will be removed within three days.”

Any snow piled in cul-de-sacs will be removed within seven days, according to the Town.

Minor collector roads, like Hinshaw Drive, are C Routes, and will be cleared once there is at least 15 centimetres of packed snow on the roads.

All remaining roads are listed under D Routes, and will be cleared for every 50 centimetres or snow, or a single snow where 30 centimetres or more has accumulated.

D Routes are more often descried as a “Full Residential Plow”.

During snow removal operations, the Town will place “No Parking” signs on the street 24 hours in advance. These restrictions will be in place for upwards of 72 hours once the sign is placed.

Vehicles parked in a no parking zone due to snow removal may be tagged and towed “at the owner’s expense,” according to the Town.


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