City street snow removal on track

Lisa Goudy
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A snow plow works away on 11th Avenue Northwest before turning around to continue plowing Caribou Street West this week.

Ever since the snowfall started on Nov. 9, the city has been working hard to clear priority streets.

“The streets that have been cleared up to (Friday) — all the areas where we store snow — they have all been cleared and plowed and snow removed from them,” said Duane Grado, public works manager with the City of Moose Jaw. “They were done within four days and that’s a midnight shift.”

Additionally, all Priority 1 streets — main roadways in the city — have been completed. He said some of those streets include Thatcher Drive, Main Street, Coteau Street West, Manitoba Expressway and any streets that “actually bring you into and out of the city.”

On Friday, the city worked on bus routes and Collector 2 streets, which are the streets that link the city from residential to the arterial streets. Those streets make up about 40 per cent of the city.

“In other words, when the average citizen comes off their block of where they live, within one or two blocks they’re on a collector street,” said Grado. “Quite a few of those streets are bus routes. Those are the streets that we’re starting (Friday) and hope to have done by Monday night.”

The midnight shifts lasted for the first four days. He said some crew members have been working for 12 or 13 days in a row to clear streets. He added since the city started clearing streets last Friday until Thursday, the city has incurred a cost of $110,000.

The budget for this amount of snowfall is $100,000 and Grado said by the end of the weekend, the cost incurred would be between 50 and 60 per cent higher — around $150,000 or more.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Joseph Genoway
    November 21, 2012 - 00:35

    To the city of MooseJaw and to Mr.Duane Grado, as someone who comes to your city 5 days a week I think your idea of snow removal is a complete joke. On the Tuesday after the storm all you did was main street. Thatcher Drive was wind swept and needed no work. All week I saw 1 plow cleaning the street in front of the Casino and three other employees standing at the intersection watching for traffic. No other plow was seen anywhere and I drive throughout the city. The streets just off Main are just brutal with ruts and ice. your sanding truck has no spreader on it and the guy just leaves a trail of sand in the intersection, don't you think people would want to stop before the intersection. Today Nov. 20, 10 days after the storm, your one toy tractor is cleaning a little bit of snow off the 9th ave. bridge when you diverted traffic onto a very busy side street that was unplowed narrow and very icy ruts that is very dangerous. I saw an ambulance just north of the hospital last thursday with it's lights on trying to get to the hospital just going through hell trying to get out of the unplowed street. Mr.Grado, your priority is wait long enough for the sun to come out and do the work for you. It's a shame people of Moose Jaw pay taxes for services which your not providing in a timely fashion, but yet bussiness are required to have there sidewalks cleaned within 48 hours- the exact amount of time it took you to clean one street.

  • B
    November 17, 2012 - 23:01

    As of Sat. Evening still no plow on Warner. This is a bus route, and this is totally unacceptable. Now even worst with melt. City hall needs a shake up. Do it now Deb Higgins.

  • Stu Griffin
    November 17, 2012 - 13:19

    Oh those silly boys. I reckon for 4 days they were just practicing eh!..Moving all that pretend snow with their pretend graders. This what I'm gonna do. I'm fixin to get me a ski-doo so then when the snow hits I'm gonna rocket down the streets on my new turbo snow machine. Could be complicated when a dude get's groceries but reckon that's the way to go so then really bad streets won't be nothin to stress about.....''NICE''..Here comes stuie with his yellow rocket machine..Ha Ha!

  • Joe
    November 16, 2012 - 20:31

    I'm going to call bull at this point.Crews have been working 12 or 13 days in a row to clear streets,yet it didn't snow until Nov.9th,today is the 16th.Just what were they clearing.I would suggest in order to save money,don't clear snow if it hasn't snowed yet.

    • Steve
      November 17, 2012 - 16:47

      Right on Joe.Snow removal didn't start until at least Sunday. I was out each day during the storm and never saw one plow and that's on the primary routes. Safety of the community isn't a concern for the city, if it was, snowplows would of been out a lot earlier. I think Mr Grado must be inhaling too much fumes of his snowplows idling in the garages doing nothing.