Snow Removal Service Remains at High Level

first_img Snow removal services in Inverness County have remained at a highlevel given this winter’s blizzards, large amounts of snow andconstant high winds, said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportationand Public Works. “It’s been a challenging year for snow removal service but we’respending more money in Inverness North and the number of plows onthe road hasn’t changed,” said Mr. Russell following a meetingwith Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald andmembers of Inverness county council. “I want the public to knowthe facts. Service can always be improved, but we are providing agood level of service to residents.” The minister said the recent blizzards have led department staffto accelerate a provincewide review of equipment at alllocations. This review will take into account the unique weatherpatterns found on western Cape Breton Island and in other partsof the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has about 20operators and 13 pieces of equipment working in the area ofInverness North, between Mabou and Pleasant Bay. The number ofequipment and staff in the area has remained stable since 1995-96. The department expects to spend about $400,000 more in the areathis year than last, with total snow and ice spending inInverness North estimated to reach $1.8 million. During the recent blizzards, department personnel and equipmentfrom around the province – including staff from Cape Breton,Pictou and Hants counties — travelled to Inverness County toassist in snow removal efforts. The department also hiredequipment and staff from the private sector to assist in thecleanup effort. “The drivers were telling me they hadn’t seen that kind ofblowing snow in 30 years of work,” said Charles MacDonald, thedepartment’s area manager. “It was really incredible. The plowswould make clear a lane, and then the wind would push the snowright back into the highway.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Snow Removal Service Remains at HighLevellast_img