Storm cleanup underway; City thanks public for patience

With reports of close to 70 cms of snow down from yesterday’s winter storm, the City of Fredericton is providing the following summary of cleanup operations.  The City thanks the public for their continued patience as we recover from one of the biggest storms in recent memory and prepare for more snow on Thursday.

  • Streets. Crews are working to clear main streets and will be moving to side streets as the day progresses.  Streets will be narrow and are expected to remain that way for a while.  As the day progresses, crews will work to clear the corners at main intersections.  The cleanup of the downtown will begin tonight starting at 10pm and is expected to last two nights.  Residents are asked to be patient as the clean up occurs.  Sightlines will be poor; drive carefully.  And please observe the overnight parking ban.
  • Kids Playing.  Snow days mean kids get to play outside.  Parents are reminded to keep children from building snow forts and tunnels in snow banks along the side of roads.  This is dangerous.  Snow removal crews may unintentionally injure children playing in the snow banks. 
  • Sidewalks.  Crews are working to clear sidewalks.  Some have been cleared; will get to others over the next few days.  Drifting is making sidewalk clearing difficult.  Priority will be to have sidewalks near schools cleared in time for the reopening of schools.  Pedestrians are reminded to be careful if they have to walk on roadways, and to wear reflective clothing is walking at night. Drivers are reminded to be on the lookout for pedestrians.
  • Parking.  It will be difficult to get to parking meters in the downtown due to snow banks.  In fact, snow banks may affect on street parking altogether for the next day or so.  Motorists may find it easier to use surface lots and parking garages until the cleanup is complete.
  • Transit.  Transit is operating.  Residents may find it difficult to use certain bus stops due to snow banks.  Drivers will be on the lookout for residents near openings close to bus stops.
  • Garbage/Recycling.  Residents affected by the cancellation of garbage and recycling due to Monday’s storm are reminded that their garbage/recycling will be picked up on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
  • Fire Safety. Got a fire hydrant near your home?  Why not lend a hand and clear it out.  In the event of an emergency, the property you save may be your own.  And to avoid potential carbon monoxide buildup, please ensure that your natural gas vents are not covered with snow.
  • Municipal Facilities.  City Hall, related administrative offices and City recreation facilities have returned to normal hours of operation.

Again, the City thanks residents for their patience as we cleanup from the storm.  Want to stay informed about storm updates and other activities at the City, follow us on Facebook (City of Fredericton), like us on Twitter (@CityFredGov), check out the service disruption feature on the front of the City’s website (activated when there is closure/cancellation), or subscribe to our email alerts.