Update: City of Ottawa Snow Removal Efforts


The first two big snowfalls this year hit the City with a large amount of snow in a bit more than a one week period. We then had a further blast this past weekend. The total so far is about one-half to three-quarters as much as received in the three previous years and so far unlike last year when we had to deal with many freeze/thaw cycles and a great deal of freezing rain.

Recent years saw the following precipitation levels, to provide you the overall picture:

Season

Snowfall (cm)

Winter Rainfall (mm)

Freezing Rain (hours)

 

2007-2008

 

437

144

46

 

2008-2009

 

226

149

31

2009-2010

138

175

66

 

2010-2011

172

194

30

2011-2012

108

163

84

20 year Average

236

178

67

City staff are working hard on a 24/7 basis and do so until all storms are cleared up – even and especially at times like this year when, since December 20th, storms seem to run together.

The initial plowing and removal of snow is a huge operation. I have attached for your information a summary of the “attack plan” that staff employed just for the night of January 6, 2013 to give you an example of the type of planning and coordination involved.

I can also provide you some more detail on snow removal operations that may be of interest. For instance, here are this year’s equipment resource allocations totalling some 574 pieces of machinery:

2012 – 2013 Winter Equipment Resources

Road Maintenance Operations

Equipment Description

City Owned

% of total

Leased

% of total

Contracted

% of total

Combined Total

Heavy Roadway Truck Spreaders

164

90.61

0

0.00

17

9.39

181

Heavy Roadway Truck Plows

2

100.00

0

0.00

0

0.00

2

Loader Plows

17

34.69

25

51.02

7

14.29

49

Grader Plows

34

37.36

0

0.00

57

62.64

91

Bucket Loaders / Bucket Tractors / Backhoes

23

29.49

0

0.00

55

70.51

78

Dedicated Yard Loader (Loading/Stockpiling)

9

52.94

8

47.06

0

0.00

17

Light Roadway Truck Plows / Spreaders

25

78.13

0

0.00

7

21.88

32

Sidewalk Plows

29

23.39

53

42.74

42

33.87

124

Total

303

52.79

86

14.98

185

32.23

574

That equipment will move and remove snow on our extensive transportation infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks and Transit facilities:

Ottawa’s Transportation Network

  • 12,580 lane km
  • 640 km of gravel roads
  • 5,650 km of paved roads
  • 2,095 km of sidewalks
  • 225 km of Transitway & Hwy 174
  • 13 Park and Ride Lots with 7,1207 parking spots
  • Close to 6,000 Bus Stops

And we will use the following materials in our efforts to keep Ottawa moving:

Material

 

Salt

Liquid-Multi-Chloride

Winter Grit

Winter Sand

TOTAL

Units of Measure

 

tonnes

litres

tonnes

tonnes

 

Quantity

 

136,300

N/A

6,200

28,100

 

Value ($)

 

9,596,200

N/A

86,180

285,205

$10,532,760

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