City of Edmonton Moves Mountains of Snow
January 24, 2011
Over the course of an average winter season, City of Edmonton crews generally remove 800,000 m3 of snow from arterial routes. Between October 2010 and January 18, 2011, the City has already surpassed that amount, bringing in over 900,000 m3 to its five snow storage facilities.
“Although we certainly have the capacity to store that and more, this has been a highly unusual year in terms of volume,” says Bob Dunford, Director of Roadway Maintenance. “Between January 8 and 18 alone, we moved 400,000 m3 of snow from arterial roads and other priority areas.”
All snow picked up throughout the City is taken to one of Edmonton's snow storage facilities, which are governed by provincial and federal environmental regulations.
The City's snow storage facilities have melt water ponds with liners to protect the ground water and soil from contaminants like salt, sand, antifreeze and engine oil. When the snow melts in spring, the sand is collected and cleaned so it can be reused the following winter.
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