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Snow Removal

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  • The snow removal season typically runs from December to late April and is dependent on the weather.
  • Residents are informed of snow being removed from city streets by radio ads and signs that are placed 24 hours before removal.
  • Snow removal begins at 12:00 a.m. and takes place during the early morning to avoid conflicts with motorists, pedestrians and children at play.
  • Residents must ensure parked vehicles are removed by midnight of the scheduled day or they will be removed (towed).
  • Residents are advised that there will be traffic delays in snow removal areas and if possible to use an alternate route to avoid delays.

The City thanks you for your patience and reminds residents to use caution in snow removal areas and not pass moving equipment.

Snow Removal & Garbage Pick-Up

The City of Yellowknife needs your cooperation with snow removal and garbage pickup in your area. Please ensure streets are clear of obstacles for operators to perform snow removal in the early hours of the morning. Signs are placed 24 hours in advance in areas of snow removal so residents are aware snow removal will be taking place. The City would also like to remind residents that once garbage bins have been emptied to return them to your property so streets are clear for snow road maintenance.

The City appreciates your assistance in this matter to ensure a smooth snow removal transition.

For a map of snow plowing and sanding priorities, please visit the CityExplorer map tool.

 

Snow Removal Schedule for April 10 - April 14, 2017

Monday, April 10th, 2017

  • Taylor Road from Forrest Drive to House#27; and
  • Forrest Drive from 51A Avenue to Con Road; and
  • All of Dakota Court; and
  • All of Albatross Court.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

  • All of Majaesic Court; and
  • All of Brown Court; and
  • All of Lovell Court; and
  • All of Wong Court; and
  • All of Nuttall Court; and
  • 45th Street, 46th Street, 47th Street, 48th Street off of School Draw Avenue.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

  • 49th Avenue from 53rd Street to 48th Street; and
  • 46th Street from 49th Avenue to 50th Avenue; and
  • 45th Street from 49th Avenue to 50th Avenue; and
  • 44th Street from 49th Avenue to 50th Avenue.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

  • School Draw Avenue from Copper Sky Villa to House#4301; and
  • School Draw Avenue from Lundquist Road to Franklin Avenue.

Friday, April 14th, 2017

  • The City of Yellowknife would like to advise residents that due to the statutory holiday, there will be no snow removal on April 14th, 2017.

Residents must ensure parked vehicles are removed from these streets by midnight tonight or they will be removed (towed). Residents are advised that there will be traffic delays in snow removal areas and if possible, to use an alternate route to avoid delays. The City asks residents to ensure Curbside Carts are returned to your property prior to the scheduled snow removal on your street. The City thanks you for your patience and reminds residents to use caution in snow removal areas and not pass moving equipment.

If temperatures dip below -35, snow removal may be suspended temporarily at a moment's notice. The large pieces of equipment do not run as efficiently at -35, and are likely to break and cause a hazard. Keep checking for updates on snow removal changes during these times.

Snow Removal Schedule for April 3 - April 7, 2017

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

  • Morrison Drive from Otto Drive North to Lessard Drive; and
  • All of Lessard Drive; and
  • Woolgar Avenue from Range Lake Road to Kam Lake Road.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

  • Borden Drive from Old Airport Road to Rivett Crescent; and
  • All of Jason Court; and
  • All of Bromley Court; and
  • All of Glick Court.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

  • 52nd Avenue from Ravens Court to 48th Street; and
  • All of Bartesko Court; and
  • All of Foreman Court; and
  • All of Piro Court.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

  • Morrison Drive from Sikyea Tili to Otto Drive North; and
  • 52nd Avenue from 48th Street to Franklin Avenue; and
  • All of Negus Place; and
  • All of Phinney Court.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

  • Borden Drive from Rivett Crescent to House#301.

Residents must ensure parked vehicles are removed from these streets by midnight tonight or they will be removed (towed). Residents are advised that there will be traffic delays in snow removal areas and if possible, to use an alternate route to avoid delays. The City asks residents to ensure Curbside Carts are returned to your property prior to the scheduled snow removal on your street. The City thanks you for your patience and reminds residents to use caution in snow removal areas and not pass moving equipment.

If temperatures dip below -35, snow removal may be suspended temporarily at a moment's notice. The large pieces of equipment do not run as efficiently at -35, and are likely to break and cause a hazard. Keep checking for updates on snow removal changes during these times.

Snow Removal Schedule for March 27 - March 31, 2017

Monday, March 27th, 2017

  • Mitchell Drive from McMeekan Causeway to the end of Mitchell Drive; and
  • Hearne Hill Road from McMeekan Causeway to Otto Drive; and
  • Finlayson Drive from Range Lake Road to Mandeville Drive.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

  • 44th Street from 52nd Avenue to School Draw Avenue; and
  • Finlayson Drive from Mandeville Drive to Arden Avenue; and
  • Banke Crescent from Finlayson Drive to Parker Park.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

  • Finlayson Drive North from Range Lake Road to Arden Avenue.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

  • Otto Drive from Morrison Drive to Ndilo Hill and all of Ndilo Hill; and
  • Harriets Lane from Otto Drive to the end of Harriets Lane; and
  • All of Denison Court; and
  • All of Perkins Court; and
  • All of Tees Court.

Friday, March 31st, 2017

  • 46th Street from 52nd Avenue to the end of 46th Street; and
  • 49th Street from 52nd Avenue to School Draw Avenue; and
  • All of Lyons Point; and
  • All of Stirling Court; and
  • All of Findlay Point.

Residents must ensure parked vehicles are removed from these streets by midnight tonight or they will be removed (towed). Residents are advised that there will be traffic delays in snow removal areas and if possible, to use an alternate route to avoid delays. The City asks residents to ensure Curbside Carts are returned to your property prior to the scheduled snow removal on your street. The City thanks you for your patience and reminds residents to use caution in snow removal areas and not pass moving equipment.

If temperatures dip below -35, snow removal may be suspended temporarily at a moment's notice. The large pieces of equipment do not run as efficiently at -35, and are likely to break and cause a hazard. Keep checking for updates on snow removal changes during these times.

Road Conditions and Heavy Snow Fall

The City of Yellowknife wishes to advise residents that in the event the city experiences heavy snow falls, the City may have no choice but to push snow from roads to the curbs in order to keep roads open to traffic. If this method is used, this will create a snow ridge across residents' driveways and snow on sidewalks, residents will have to shovel out their driveway entrances and if possible, help in cleaning the sidewalks. City By-law No. 4063 states that if residents are shovelling out their driveways, they must not put snow back onto the street as this can be a traffic hazard.

Snow Removal Operations

The City removes snow from Yellowknife's roads and where possible the sidewalks. Snow removal is generally performed once in residential areas and twice in the downtown core.

Snow removal operations involve a grader removing snow from roads and sidewalks. This process may result in a dropoff at residents' driveways.  The height may vary, depending on snow accumulation, but could be in the 100-300mm range (4-12 inches). Residents should plan on ramping their driveway to street level after snow removal as this is not performed by the City.

If driving before snow removal is completed, motorists should keep to the right of snow piles placed in the center of streets.

Residents must ensure parked vehicles are removed by midnight of the scheduled day or they  will be removed (towed).

Snow Removal Priority System

The City carries out snow removal, snow ploughing and winter street sand placement (sometimes referred to as sanding) to increase traction on the road and improve pedestrian and motorist safety. The City carries out snow removal on a priority system. High traffic areas and areas close to schools have a higher priority than low traffic residential roads.

The City asks for your continued patience as we work towards removing snow from City streets. We have received requests from some residents to carry out snow removal on their street, however we are not able to do so. To accelerate a request would mean postponing snow removal from a street that has a higher priority. A few reasons why a street may have a higher priority are: high vehicle or pedestrian traffic, location of a school, street may be narrow (a public safety concern), trucked services, public or school bus transit, etc. We do however investigate resident concerns, and if snow removal is not scheduled to take place soon, the City will plough the road with a grader in an attempt to improve the condition of the road. In the meantime, please drive safely.

Snow Removal from Sidewalks

See our Sidewalk Cleaning page for information on snow removal from sidewalks.

 

If you would like to recognize a business for prompt and thorough snow removal, please visit our Golden Shovel page for information and the submission form.

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