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What happens when it starts to snow?
Depending upon the timing and nature of the pending storm, crews are brought in and put on stand-by. Once the storm starts, salt trucks are sent out on designated salt routes to apply salt as necessary.
Why do I never see a salt truck when it snows?
It all depends upon where you live. The City's main salt routes are maintained by 21 vehicles covering 1,067 lane kilometers or road at a cost of approximately $12,000/hour. Depending upon the time of day, traffic volumes and snowfall amounts, the average routes can take between 3 and 6 hours to complete one pass. The trucks will continue back over these routes until the storm has stopped and these streets are clear of snow and ice.
Why don't we plow and salt all the streets in the City, specifically secondary and residential streets?
Secondary and residential streets are not plowed and salted unless the City has received a snowfall in excess of 10 centimeters (4 inches). The cost to plow and salt all residential streets is in excess of $300,000 per event. A balanced level of service according to the roadway classification and traffic volumes reduces both equipment costs and salt usage. This balanced level of service has long proven to be the most efficient with respect to maximizing the available tax dollars and minimizing environmental damage.
Why do you not use sand for winter control?
Salt is a very effective de-icing agent and is effective to temperatures as low as -12oC (10oF). Sand has no de-icing properties. It is mainly used where winter temperatures are continually below -12oC (10oF). Sand is an abrasive substance and is used to increase traction for vehicles. However, cleanup of sand from roadways and sewers throughout the municipality proves cost prohibitive.
Why does the plow not remove all of the snow from my road?
The plows are designed to ride on "guides" (shoes) that raise the blade approximately 13 millimeters (0.5 inches) from the surface of the roadway. This is done to prevent damage to both the vehicle and infrastructure from raised manholes, catch basins or water valves. Once the street has been plowed and salted, the interaction of the salt and vehicular traffic is required to melt the remaining snow cover. Streets with low traffic volumes will therefore remain snow covered longer.
Who is responsible for the clearing of wheelchair ramps?
The abutting property owner is responsible to clean the wheelchair ramp up to the edge of pavement.
Who is responsible for clearing bus stops?
Presently there is no formal policy to clear bus stops. However, the abutting property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks. In snowfall events in excess of 15 centimeters (6 inches) accumulation, Transit Windsor priority 1 & 2 bus stops will be cleared.
How much does the City spend on winter control annually?
Winter control costs can significantly vary from year to year depending on the severity of the winter weather. The Public Works Operations Department budgets approximately $4 million annually for their winter control operations.
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Finding a qualified snow removal company
Entrance snow removal services near Omaha NE: Professional snow removal companies don't need to be licensed in most states. However, it's important to find a reliable contractor that you trust. Check Angie’s List for customer reviews. Ask friends and family members for recommendations.
Get estimates from at least three companies before signing a contract with the one that seems the most reliable for the price. You don't want to get left high and dry during a snowstorm.
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What goes into the price?
Entrance snow removal services near Omaha NE: Your drive’s size will affect the price of an annual snow removal contract.
Long or big drives. Expect to pay more for an especially long drive or the area for a four-car garage. Additionally, professionals typically charge more for dirt or gravel drives, as they take longer to clear and de-ice than concrete. If your drive slopes sharply down or is very curvy, you may have to pay for the extra time spent clearing the path.
Extras. Be sure to ask if anything else you want cleared sidewalks or walkways, for instance are included in the price.
Equipment used. The type of equipment your professional uses affects the contract price. Typically, the less time spent on your driveway, the less you will pay. Snow blowers take less time than shoveling but aren't appropriate for tight, closed-in areas or certain surfaces. Make sure your contractor understands the specifics of your situation.
Response time. How long it takes a company to respond counts. You may pay more for a company with a fast response time versus paying less for a longer wait time.
Where you live. Snow removal costs also vary based on your area. If you’re in a climate likely to get a lot of snow, you can expect to pay more annually. However, you can also expect to lock in a reasonable per-clearing rate because there’s more work each season. Other contracts can cover a specific number of clearings a season. If you need more than specified, expect to pay more for each added plowing.
Average contract price for snow removal
Angie's List members who had annual snow removal contracts in 2013 reported paying an average of $378, with a general range of $341 to $415. These figures don’t reflect discounts many service providers offer to members.
According to Cost Helper, the cost for one worker to shovel or snow blower can cost between $25 to $75 an hour. The cost to hire a company to plow a standard driveway after a storm can run about $30 to $45 per storm.
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