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Expect rolling street closures as crews clear snow, sidewalks remain biggest challenge

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm ADT

(Meghan Groff/NEWS 95.7)

HALIFAX – Halifax Regional Municipality will have rolling street closures in effect Friday and Saturday as they continue to clear snow away after two winter storms earlier in the week week.

The municipality was hit by a significant blizzard Monday, only to be followed by another snowfall Thursday.

HRM spokesperson Tiffany Chase said they have all available equipment operating on Friday with resources working primarily to widen and remove snow from streets in areas that have been significantly narrowed by massive snow banks.

“We will be bringing in those big snow blowers on select streets where we’re having very limited snow storage or big snow banks have formed,” Chase said.

Chase said sidewalk clearing will be included in the targeted snow removal as it remains the biggest challenge for crews.

“This significant snowfall takes a lot longer to remove from sidewalks, we’re seeing a metre to a metre and a half on the sidewalks that have not yet been cleared,” she explained. “That takes a lot longer and it does require different equipment.”

She said they’ve had to track down additional gear from local contractors, and they’ve even purchased some more equipment, adding when it’s all done, they’ll have cleared sidewalks that amount to the distance between here and Quebec City.

HRM will be targeting the following areas from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday and residents are asked to expect rolling lane closures throughout in the following areas through Saturday.

In Halifax:

  • Hollis Street – both sides
  • Lower Water Street – both sides
  • Duke Street – both sides
  • Agricola Street
  • Gottingen Street
  • Northwood Street
  • Creighton Street
  • Maynard Street


In Dartmouth

  • Prince Street
  • King Street
  • Wentworth Street
  • Church Street
  • Dundas Street
  • Victoria Road

Drivers are asked to abide by any temporary ‘no parking’ signs in those areas as crews cut back snowbanks and widen lanes.

HRM is warning residents cars getting in the way of snow clearing can be ticketed or towed.

Those sections will reopen when work is finished, Halifax Regional Police will be helping out with traffic control.

The overnight parking ban will be enforced once again overnight into Saturday, with no on-street parking allowed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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