The City of Vancouver says it will be deploying 150 additional crews to salt and sand roads over the next few days.
It’ll also be redirecting construction workers to help with the salting and sanding of city roads.
At a press conference on Tuesday, the City’s head engineer noted residents need to shovel sidewalks within ten hours of a snowfall.
Jerry Dobrovolny says the City has used more than 7,000 tons of salt on the roads, and spent more than $2.5 million last month on the snow response.
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He says the focus now moves to residential streets.
“Those staff are salting, sanding and clearing back alleys. They are dragging the bins out of back alleys and into arterials and replacing them with clean ones.”
Asked why it took so long to re-deploy resources?
“That’s a big decision, to shut down construction. We made that decision last night and we re-deployed staff this morning.”
Dobrovolny admits the city has fallen behind on garbage pick-up.
“Our conditions have been changing almost daily and certainly weekly. Our response plan is scalable and adjustable based on need. We’ve re-deployed almost 300 staff in priority areas of picking up garbage, picking up greenways and clearing residential streets that are caked with ice.”
But he’s confident the city has enough salt for the roads, and possible upcoming snowstorms, although he is unsure how much salt is currently left.
He says the city is expecting their next salt shipment to arrive Tuesday or Wednesday.
Vancouver has come under fire during the last few rounds of snow, with people out and about in the city tweeting out photos of icy sidewalks and snow-covered streets.
— Daniel Chai (@IamDanielChai) January 3, 2017
— The Specialist (@TheSpecialist4) January 3, 2017
— Stanley Q Woodvine (@sqwabb) December 27, 2016
— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) January 3, 2017
In 2015 the City used 1,000 tons of salt during the winter season.