I can’t believe winter is already here! As the city gears up for yet another season, ensuring the safety and accessibility of our roads, sidewalks, and pathways for all is a top priority.
The winter maintenance program continues to evolve, update its standards, and find improvements. This year’s changes include around-the-clock maintenance of sidewalk/cycle networks, rotation of starting points on residential beats, and embracing a data-driven approach to winter weather events by deploying more efficiently.
It’s also important to stay informed and be in the know of road conditions and winter parking bans. When a parking ban is called, parking your car on city streets is prohibited unless you have a residential parking permit. Parking bans are called to support winter operations and the decision to call one isn't taken lightly. When there are no vehicles on the road, operators can more effectively clear the roads and catch basins of ice and snow. You can register to receive e-notifications whenever a winter weather parking ban is announced. Visit ottawa.ca to sign up.
Reminder that crews strive to achieve an initial cleanup of residential roads within 10-16 hours from the end of a significant snow event (7 cm or more). If you have a winter maintenance related request that exceeds that timeframe, your best bet is to first call 3-1-1. My office is also more than happy to help should complications arise.
On a more festive note, as the holidays approach, let's come together to make a positive impact in our communities. Whether it's donating to the food bank or resource centre, volunteering your time, or supporting a charitable cause, every act of kindness counts. I also hope to see you at the annual Santa's Parade of Lights in Orléans on Saturday, November 25 at 6 pm along St. Joseph Blvd!
Here's to a safe and happy holiday season.