The City of Saint John’s crews will be out in force this
evening and overnight to keep City streets as safe as possible during the
storm. Citizens are reminded to avoid travelling during the storm and to take
advantage of available off-street parking, where possible.
City staff will be working within the Winter Management
Plan to meet the established service objectives, once the storm ends, according
to Priority and based on the storm severity. Major arteries, highway
connections and emergency routes will be cleared constantly during the storm,
with major bus routes, and streets connecting schools, community centres and
business districts as the second priority.
Crews are also preparing for rainfall and snowmelt. As
part of the City’s Winter Management Plan, Municipal Operations crews inspect
catch basins in known trouble spots on a weekly basis to ensure they are open
and ready to handle any run-off.
Pedestrians are reminded to use extra caution when using
sidewalks across the City this week. A thin layer of snow remains on many
sidewalks. These conditions coupled with a forecast of mixed precipitation and
temperatures near the freezing mark may cause slippery sidewalks. Saint John
Transportation and Environment Services crews will continue to work hard to
meet our Winter Management Plan service objectives.