Snow removal: More than half of streets and sidewalks now clear
Published Sunday, January 3, 2016 12:09PM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 4, 2016 12:54PM EST
Snow removal operations continue in Montreal Sunday, where as of 3 p.m., 54 per cent of the roads and sidewalks were cleared.
There are strong disparities between districts, however.
While 88 per cent of streets have been plowed in Anjou, Saint-Laurent lags behind at only 36 per cent complete.
About 10 centimetres of new snow fell on the city as of Saturday night, but the city said that did not slow operations.
More than 3,000 employees are working to clear away some 10,000 kilometres of streets and sidewalks.
Major arteries, major shopping streets, bus routes and bus lanes, hospital entrances and very narrow streets are given priority.
While the city has initially hoped to complete operations by Monday, it is now pushing that date back to Wednesday, given, they say, the significant amount of snow that fell. As much as 40 centimetres of snow blanketed the city beginning Dec. 29.
The operation is expected to cost the city $20 million out of its $160 million annual snow clearing budget.
The city is still asking residents to download the Info Neige app or check out the website, which shows the progress of snow-clearing operations and tells you where and when you can park on the street, as well as where the city's free parking lots are located. About 5,700 free parking spaces are available to drivers across the city between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. for when they can't park on the street.
If you did not remove your car during snow clearing operations, it may have been towed to a neighbouring street. To find it, click here.
With files from La Presse Canadienne