The mayor of Delta is promising North Delta residents their local roads will be salted and sanded by the end of the week.
Lois Jackson says the city is now shifting its focus from salting and sanding main roads to side streets in North Delta.
“Any of us who have lived in northern parts for the majority our lives will understand what that ice is like. So in my opinion, the brine and the salt are fine in a lot of circumstances but I think getting the sand down is going to help a lot of people with traction in our area.”
The city says it will be starting by focusing on areas with steeper hills.
Jackson says with this year’s prolonged cold snap, getting help to residential areas — something many municipalities have not done — is becoming more important.
“It’s the Vancouver mentality if you would. A lot of communities just say, ‘just wait until it rains’ and don’t bother.’ This used to happen years ago. ‘Nevermind, we won’t plough, we won’t salt, we won’t do anything, we’ll just wait until it rains.’ Well, that has not happened here.”
Jackson says the Delta is trying to adopt practises seen in other parts of Canada where true winter conditions are experienced.
Residents with snow and ice concerns can contact the city at 604-946-3260.