Winter road maintenance in Saanich is budgeted, and certain routes are prioritized in the wake of hazardous conditions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Winter road maintenance in Saanich is budgeted, and certain routes are prioritized in the wake of hazardous conditions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich crews work around the clock to tend to winter weather conditions

Major and collector streets, designated bus routes and steep hills priority

When cold weather is in the forecast Saanich crews are prepared to work around the clock to curb hazardous conditions.

Saanich communications manager, Erika Schade, said that when heavy snow is likely, the district ensures priority routes are cleared first and that they’re pre-treated with an anti-icing brine.

“Priority routes include major and collector streets that connect us to our transportation system, designated bus routes and steep hills,” said Schade.

“Once these routes remain safe and passable, we then start on our lower traffic volume minor collector roads and residential streets. We thank the public for their patience as we move through our road network.”

Saanich’s budget allocation for winter road conditions is $190,000 and the district maintains a contingency to ensure unusual events can be managed.

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Additional costs for higher than average snow removal would receive an allocation of this funding, said Schade.

She added that it’s important to allow Saanich crews as much room as possible so they can safely clear the travel lanes, and encourages residents to stay off the roads when conditions are dangerous unless travel is necessary.

Property owners and occupants are also responsible for clearing and removing snow and ice from sidewalks by 10 a.m. the morning after a snowfall.

“Be a good neighbour, friend, or family member and lend a hand to someone who isn’t able to shovel their own sidewalk or driveway.”

To read on how to prepare for winter weather visit saanich.ca.


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