There are several reasons for plowing the snow to one side:
1. The streets are less clogged resulting in more efficient traffic movement after the street has been plowed.
2. The fire hydrants are not surrounded with piles of snow.
3. Snow plowing is done faster due to the fact that driveways only have to be cleared on one side of the street.
4. This method of plowing reduces operating costs.
In most cases, the decision as to which side of the street to place the snow is generally determined by the location of the fire hydrants. Attempts are made to plow the snow to the opposite side of the street from the hydrants, but exceptions can apply where public lands may be available for snow storage or where fewer homes are located on one side versus the other side of the street. Contact info: Infrastructure Services
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The Snow Removal Policy outlines the order that work will be carried out. It is as follows:
1. Major arteries and intersections
2. Bus routes and secondary arteries
3. School zones, downtown core and commercial districts
Contact info: Infrastructure Services
It is unlikely that there will be a left turn while Highway 16 is under Alberta Infrastructure control and the safety concerns on Highway 16 outweigh the traffic concerns from Eaton Road. The proximity of the Switzer Drive overpass, the curve and the hill on the highway make traffic safety a major concern. Contact info: Infrastructure Services
There is a stop line for Gregg Avenue (on the south side) to allow Gregg Avenue traffic the option of going straight through along Gregg Avenue or turning onto Highway 16 or Mountain Street. The stop line at Highway 16 or the north side of Gregg Avenue on Mountain Street is for those vehicles that are turning from Gregg Avenue onto Highway 16 to wait until they can enter the intersection or alternatively, for those vehicles that become trapped in the Gregg Avenue intersection when the lights change. The intent is for traffic approaching Highway 16 on Mountain Street to stop at the Gregg avenue stop line bar to allow for free movement through the intersection from the Gregg Avenue and the Highway 16 traffic. Contact info: Infrastructure Services