We were hit with our first big snow dump of the season this week, just a reminder winter is coming. The City of Calgary has a system in place to deal with snowfall in our city, it's called the Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) program. The City actually has road crews available around the clock during the winter months, to try and respond to snowfalls in a timely manner.

Calgary public roadways are maintained during the winter in various ways:

Anti-icing before a snowfall
When a snowfall is predicted for our city, an anti-icing solution (calcium chloride) is applied to designated roads. The solution helps to prevent snow from accumulating on roadways, and is also eco-friendly!

Sanding, salting and plowing
Roadways and sidewalks in Calgary are sanded, salted and plowed based on a priority system:
Priority one: major roadways (20,000 or more vehicles a day), business streets (8,000 or more vehicles a day), roadways with on-street bike lanes
Priority two: roadways (5,000 to 20,000 cars per day), controlled crosswalks, emergency routes, bus routes
Priority three: designated feeder routes, school/playground zones, stop/yield signs
Priority four: residential school/playground zones, designated hills

For more information, check out the City of Calgary Roads page here or learn more about Northwest Calgary Real Estate.

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