Due to the wicked winter Brandon has seen, the city has used up 93 per cent of its budgeted sand use for the year, according to a report by Brandon’s city manager.
The city has used 3,277 tonnes of sand mixture and has budgeted a normal winter season’s 3,500 tonnes.
According to the report by city manager Scott Hildebrand, the continued storms meant crews had to redo major roads and collectors, which has delayed plowing in city’s residential areas.
But Hildebrand said most of the city is done, though some roads are still expected to have parking bans in place as crews finish up the few streets that still need to be cleared.
The city has held off calling in contractors for plowing, but instead is bringing them in to haul snow from the meridians on Richmond Avenue, 26th Street, Victoria Avenue East and others.
After a snowstorm such as the one on Jan. 25 and the next day’s blizzard conditions, Hildebrand said no level of sanding has kept streets from being slippery because the sand just blows away.
To date, the city has used 280 tonnes of salt and has budgeted for approximately 550 tonnes, though salt is ineffective during cold climates.
Sanding crews are working 24 hours per day Monday through Friday and shortened shifts on the weekends.
As of Jan. 30, crews were working in the downtown area to cut and haul snow away, while school zones will also be a focus point.
They will be using an extra tractor with a blower and will be renting additional trucks to help speed up the process. Hildebrand said walkways are also being cleared as well after snow drifts undid a lot of the clearing work.
So far this winter season, approximately 1,800 truckloads of snow (or 30,240 cubic yards) has been cleared by crews.
After January’s many small snowstorms and howling winds conspired against the city’s snow removal crews, the forecast is all sunny this week.
According to Environment Canada, today’s high is expected to be -17 C, -22 C on Tuesday and -21 C on Wednesday, all under sunny skies.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 3, 2014