Inadequate snow removal

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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The City of Moose Jaw handles some things very well and other things terribly.

One of the things the city has struggled dealing with over the past couple of weeks is snow removal.

No matter what city you live in, the debate regarding the frequency and quality of snow removal is always a hotly debated issue amongst citizens. It’s no different here in the Friendly City.

After the first major snowfall of the season in mid-November, city crews did a solid job of clearing snow off major arterial roadways and intersections. They were also sanded, thus making it easier for motorists to navigate the roads early in the winter driving season. Since that first big dump of snow — it snowed earlier in November, but melted soon thereafter — the city has failed in providing adequate snow removal of not only residential areas, but also major roadways.

The white and brown-coloured snow in the middle of, for example, parts of Main Street North and Fairford Street East adjacent to Crescent Park, is a disaster. Ruts are beginning to form while city crews remain idle.

Are they in city garages twiddling their thumbs?

We don’t know what city crews have been up to the past couple of weeks as snow and frigid winter temperatures and wind chill values have descended on Moose Jaw.

What we do know, however, is that crews have failed to do their end of the bargain — clearing snow off city streets. The infrastructure of the city continues to wear away and taxpayers are already up in arms about that. The inability to properly remove snow is just another aspect of the city’s infrastructure that will be worse off next spring — should crews continually not remove snow off the major arterial roadways.

The ruts on some city streets were already bad enough last spring and summer. Can you imagine what they might look like next spring?

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Friendly, Main Street North, Fairford Street East Crescent Park Moose Jaw

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