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Ice an ongoing issue for City’s winter control efforts

January 7, 2014 -

As residents are well aware, the effects of the ice storm of late December and the roller-coaster freeze/thaw cycles that have followed have consolidated packed ice on city streets and sidewalks, presenting a significant challenge for the City's winter control crews.

"The work is slower and more arduous than normally experienced.  The ice on sidewalks and many residential streets is simply too thick for our plows to cut. We expect this to be a challenge for some time to come," says Damon Wells, Director of Public Works. 

Sanding will continue until weather conditions allow for clearing operations to be undertaken. Arterial streets and bus routes are generally clear. The many residential streets covered in consolidated, packed ice left by the ice storm and subsequent thaw/freeze cycles are being sanded.  Sanding is also the focus when it comes to sidewalk maintenance. 

Even with some help from Mother Nature, Wells expects the extreme winter weather experienced so far this season will continue to impact the City's ability to meet winter maintenance expectations, given the current capabilities of Public Works.

City Forestry crews continue to remove hanging broken limbs and branches to make roadside trees safe.  Many limbs and branches will remain where they are for some time until they are able to be safely removed.

Utilities Kingston would like to thank citizens who take the time to clear snow and ice from fire hydrants, providing access to fire fighters in case of emergency.

The City's Snow Angels program (www.CityofKingston.ca/snowangels) received 173 nominations in December, recognizing 199 different Angels who have voluntarily cleared snow and ice for their neighbours.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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