The City of Peterborough declares a Significant Weather Event

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Update Tuesday January 18, 2022

Peterborough, ON – Clean up continues following the January 17, 2022 winter storm that resulted in snowfall totals close to 40 centimetres. A Significant Weather Event was declared to alert residents that snow clearing operations will take longer to complete and the extreme weather conditions could pose a danger to users of City roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes.

Clean up continues on roads and intersections. Loaders have been deployed to address over 350 locations including intersections, wide corners, dead ends and rear laneway access in the north end.

Sidewalk plows using blower attachments continue to clear 400 kilometres of sidewalks. The blower attachments are more effective with deep snow, but they are slower.

Bus stop snow removal started overnight and will continue until all 650 stops are complete.

Trails have had an initial plow, and additional clean up will take place.

Preparations are underway and work will be completed as soon as resources are available to remove snowbanks downtown and on sidewalks that are adjacent to curbs.

These operations will continue around the clock until routes are cleared.

Staff continue to monitor forecasts and conditions and will adjust accordingly.

 

 

Statement January 17, 2022

The City of Peterborough is declaring a Significant Weather Event to alert the community that the current extreme weather conditions could pose a danger to users of City roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Due to the accumulation of snow, snow clearing operations will take longer to complete.

“Declaring a Significant Weather Event is a way to advise residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists that conditions on roads, sidewalks and bike lanes can be expected to be delayed compared to typical levels of service,” said John Czerniawski, Public Works Operations Supervisor.

“Crews have been out on streets and sidewalks since 1:30 a.m. working on the roads and all snow clearing resources will continue to be deployed 24 hours a day for this response. This is not an emergency situation, but the snow clearing work will take some time to complete with the amount of snow that has fallen and continues to come down this morning.”

The City is deploying resources to address road conditions as a result of the storm. Please be cautious on roads, sidewalks and bike lanes during the Significant Weather Event as road conditions can vary drastically during a Significant Weather Event.

Motorists are advised to stay home and only use the roads for necessary travel.

Snow clearing operations are currently focused on main roads – arterials and collectors – as well as sidewalks. Crews are expected to move into residential streets tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Municipalities can declare a Significant Weather Event under the Municipal Act, 2001, O. Reg. 239/02, relating to the maintenance of municipal roads, sidewalks and bike lanes. All roadways in the municipality are deemed to be in a state of repair with respect to snow accumulation. 

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