Here’s how the roads department prepares for bad weather

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KAWARTHA LAKES-Environment Canada issued a Flash Freeze Warning for the City of Kawartha Lakes, followed by some snow. Temperatures are expected to drop quickly after heavy rainfall.

With the unpredicatable weather, city roads and sidewalks could become treacherous. Officials with The City of Kawartha Lakes say crews are monitoring the situation. “We are patrolling the roads and treating surfaces as required.” Cheri Davidson, Communications Manager with the City told Kawartha 411. “Our services are deployed based on the level of service set by Council.”

Here’s the level set by council for sanding and salting.

According to The City, the objective will be to deploy resources as soon as “practicable, after becoming aware of the fact that the road surface is in a snow or ice covered condition and the safe operation has dropped below the threshold indicated in Table 2. The response will be to treat the road way or sections thereof with deicing chemicals and/or abrasives as appropriate to remove the ice or provide traction within the timeframes indicated in Table 2 for such response.” according to the Roadway Level of Service Policy.

Table 2 – Icy Roads Response Level of Service

CKL Road Priority

Response Time

Cycle Time

1 – Arterial

4 hours

6 hours

2 – Collector

8 hours

12 hours

3 – Residential

8 hours

12 hour

Winter patrolling during the occurrence of winter events, conditions shall be in accordance with Table 7. Patrolling shall be carried out by driving or monitoring of weather service providers and other Value Added Meteorological Services (VAMS) to ascertain conditions and the need for a response. Patrolling of a representative sample of the road system shall be deemed to be sufficient to identify problem areas according to the policy.

CKL Road Priority

Cycle

1 – Arterial

1 x per day

2 – Collector

Once every 3 days

3 – Residential

Once every 7 days

 

Policy also provides for a winter night patrol between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. for the period of the year when continuous winter operations can be anticipated.

Here’s the policy set out for snow fall.

Minimum Maintenance Standards Classification

Response to Snow Accumulation

Road Class

CKL Road Priority

Maximum Depth

Time Cycle

1

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

1-Arterial

2.5 cm

4 hours

3

1-Arterial

2.5 cm

4 hours

4

2 – Collector

8 cm

12 hours

5

3 – Residential

8 cm

12 hours

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