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 Roads Division - Snow Operations 

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Introduction

Each winter the City of Prince George’s Roads & Fleet Operations has the responsibility of maintaining over 670 kilometres of roads within the Municipality.  We consistently endeavor to accomplish this task in the most cost-effective manner possible while still maintaining a high level of service to you, the Public.

This information was prepared to provide you with some basic facts on how our Department performs this service, and to answer questions, which you may have concerning winter operations.  We hope you find this information useful, and we invite your comments.

Please remember that snow and ice control is not a substitute for caution and defensive driving practices when driving a vehicle equipped for winter conditions.  We wish you a safe and enjoyable winter season and look forward to serving you in the months ahead.

Flavio Viola
Manager, Roads & Fleet

Windrows Across Residential Driveways to be Opened

Operators reduce windrows of snow at the end of driveways in areas, with curb and gutter, to allow for reasonable access.

Snow Line - 250 - 561 - 7600

The City of Prince George Public Works Department has a SNOW LINE!  Need information on snow plowing in your area?  Want to discuss a concern, register a complaint, or give a compliment? Call the City's SNOW LINE at 561-7600.  The Snow Line operators have direct access to field personnel and can provide you with the fastest possible response to your inquiry.

Snow Control Operations

Snow and ice control is provided by the City’s Roads & Fleet Operations, supplemented with rented private sector equipment and operators.

On night shift, crews work on main arterial streets as well as in the downtown, commercial and industrial areas of the City.  While high traffic areas are plowed at night to take advantage of the lower traffic volumes, day shift crews concentrate on non-arterial bus routes, residential and outlying areas.

During snow emergencies and major storms, all snow control services operate twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. 

  

Snow & Ice Control Operations

City & Rental Equipment/Staff Levels Per Shift

Roads Division

City Operations Staff

Day Shift
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Shift
2:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Night Shift
10:30 pm - 7:00 am

Manager

1

Supervisor

1

Foremen

3

2

City Operations Staff Shift Totals

5

0

2

City Equipment Levels Per Shift

City Equipment/Staff

Day Shift
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Shift
2:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Night Shift
10:30 pm - 7:00 am

Blower

1

Graders

7

7

Loaders

7

7

Sidewalk Machines

4

3

4

Sander Plow Trucks
Monday - Saturday

8

2

8

Sander Plow Trucks
Tuesday - Saturday Afternoons

2

Arrow Board Crew

3

City Equipment/Staff Shift Totals

26

7

30

Rental Equipment Levels Per Shift

Rental Equipment/Staff

Day Shift
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Shift
2:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Night Shift
10:30 pm - 7:00 am

Graders

3

3

Loaders

10

10

Dump Trucks

16

Bulldozers (snow dump)

2

Dump Trucks

16

Rental Equipment Shift Totals

15

0

49

Many of our streets have to be plowed and the snow loaded onto trucks then removed to snow disposal sites on the same day.  Eleven out of eighteen Priority One streets are in this situation including the Downtown and the Carter Light Industrial area.

SIDEWALK CLEARING

Sidewalks are plowed and sanded along all major streets.  Walkways between lots are not cleared.

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS

One of the main obstacles hampering effective snow plowing and removal is illegally parked vehicles.  The City’s ticketing system resulting in $50 fines helps eliminate this costly problem.  In addition, illegally parked vehicles are also subject to towing if they impede municipal snow operations.  Please follow the regulations, we want to remove snow, not your vehicle.  To ensure quality snow removal, please help us by keeping your street clear of parked vehicles.

Snow Removal Parking Restrictions

1.  Downtown areas - no parking 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. as posted.  Alternative off-street parking downtown is available.
2.  Residential areas - no parking 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3.  Residential areas - parking odd side only 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted.

NOTICE:  Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $50 ticket per offence and/or may be towed.

Call 250.561.7600 for the latest information on City Snow Removal Operations

 

Snow and Ice Control – Materials Used
 

Year

Sand
c/w
2% Salt
(
tonnes)

Fracture
c/w 2% Salt(tonnes)

Salt
(tonnes)

Anti-Icing
Pre-wet(litres)

Sand

Snow Hauled
(cu metres)

1993

15,895

 

615

 

 

257,428

1994

32,708

 

968

 

 

641,776

1995

25,561

 

1,030

 

 

351,162

1996

21,041

1,610

1,235

 

 

326,046

1997

14,868

1,181

1,361

 

 

204,716

1998

18,729

816

1,022

 

 

151,822

1999

19,279

1,663

1,071

 

 

400,270

2000

15,734

4,027

2,619

57,613

 

310,580

2001

 

4,357

2,767

136,712

18,967

285,630

2002

 

2,390

2,994

200,672

8,145

356,494

2003

 

4,906

2,917

155,255

11,233

190,520

2004

12,945

4,747

3,450

212,731

 

238,840

2005

7,564

2,686

2,157

173,085

 

49,600

2006

11,673

2,157

2,712

281,259

 

390,542

2007

10,877

2,813

1,976

230,131

 

364,970

2008

8,899

2,126

2,092

280,340

 

382,888

2009

10,442

2,689

2,304

153,618

 

453,016

2010

5,332

2,159

742

63,257

 

158,140

2011

6,218

7,650

2,234

121,549

 

594,340

2012

 

8,902

2,195

131,278

 

309,150

2013

1,468

2,930

2,198

74,614

 

411,260


 SNOWFALL (cm)  Average Annual Snowfall is 193.11 cm 

Year

January

February

March

April

October

November

December

Total

1993

43.0

1.8

9.4

1.6

-

14.2

25.8

95.8

1994

111.8

76.4

9.4

2.8

8.0

58.8

26.4

293.6

1995

29.2

21.6

14.0

-

-

45.1

79.3

189.2

1996

40.2

6.4

6.0

-

6.4

50.8

60.6

170.4

1997

65.6

27.8

47.4

0.6

15.6

18.2

25.2

200.4

1998

38.4

11.4

14.6

-

-

36.0

55.5

155.9

1999

87.0

39.6

27.8

7.6

-

22.5

36.2

220.7

2000

59.2

10.2

39.2

4.6

4.8

7.4

39.8

165.2

2001

39.2

10.2

20.6

8.2

1.4

19.6

24.0

123.2

2002

54.6

32.1

34.0

28.1

5.6

10.2

3.1

167.7

2003

65.5

45.4

45.2

10.6

0.4

31.2

28.0

226.3

2004

46.0

33.8

26.9

1.8

32.0

43.0

44.0

227.5

2005

23.4

3.8

11.4

5.0

0.8

19.4

30.6

94.4

2006

51.2

25.8

21.4

28.4

14.4

59.4

58.8

259.4

2007

56.0

31.2

28.0

-

-

59.2

56.4

230.8

2008

38.9

33.0

40.4

6.8

-

33.2

58.7

211.0

2009

67.8

44.7

35.5

6.8

12.0

28.6

49.8

245.2

2010

29.4

6.4

-

-

-

14.6

12.8

63.2

2011

88.5

75.0

14.4

2.6

-

42.8

36.8

260.1

2012

32.6

34.2

23.3

2.0

25.0

18.2

63.7

199.0

2013

50.1

30.7

42.4

13.2

-

29.9

90.0

256.3*

City of Prince George Statistics

Population   84,232 (2011)
Area Within City Limits   32,040 Ha
  (123.7sq.mi.)
Length of Paved Roads   585 km
Length of Gravel Roads     90 km
Length of Lanes     56 km
Length of Sidewalks   184 km
City Bridges/Structures     11

  

SNOW AND ICE EXPENSES:

 

Budget

Actual

Year

(Million)

(Million)

1992

$2.581

$2.967

1993

$2.642

$2.562

1994

$4.371

$5.013

1995

$2.834

$3.309

1996

$2.999

$3.870

1997

$4.187

$3.779

1998

$3.233

$3.314

1999

$3.730

$4.809

2000

$3.729

$3.334

2001

$3.656

$3.288

2002

$4.083

$4.010

2003

$3.930

$4.235

2004

$4.128

$4.673

2005

$4.128

$3.359

2006

$4.169

$5.302

2007

$4.023

$4.415

2008

$4.071

$5.540

2009

$4.254

$6.252

2010

$4.800

$3.431

2011

$4.842

$6.740

2012

$4.842

$5.299

2013

$5.042

$5.851

Buried Utilities

Above ground utility equipment such as hydro, telephone and cablevision boxes, and fire hydrants are important in providing residents with essential services.  If this utility equipment is covered during snow removal operations and a marker is not visible, please contact the City of Prince George at 561-7600 and report this problem.  Hidden hydro equipment can be a hazard to snow removal crews and any disruption of service will inconvenience nearby residents.  Costs for repair of damage to utility equipment affect everyone one way or another.

Improvements in Boulevards

Street allowances in the residential areas of Prince George are normally 20 metres wide with a 10-metre road surface within this road allowance.  In curbed areas, this leaves 5 metres (16 feet) on each side of the road as City Boulevard.  This area is necessary for sidewalks, buried utilities and snow storage. Snow storage on the boulevard may contribute to damage of improvements and private trees within the City Boulevard.  Please contact the Roads Division at 561-7600 to obtain approval for improvements within the City street allowance or to obtain advice on suitable siting and marking of proposed improvements including trees, retaining walls, rockeries/shrubbery, etc.

If you have any concerns, questions or comments, you can contact us at:
Full Name: City Hall
Business Phone: 250.561.7600
E-mail Address: servicecentre@city.pg.bc.ca
Fax Number: 250.561.7724


 







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