Calgary says it has the cash needed to deal with a major snowfall.
Thanks to a dry spring and fall, the city has $14 million left in its budget for snow and ice removal.
It only used $23 million of the $37 million budgeted between January and December 2016.
“We’re actually in a very good position this year,” said Bill Biensch, roads maintenance manager with the City of Calgary.
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There are 78 sanders and 26 graders on ‘standby’ for when the snow comes.
The city also has two new pieces of equipment it will be testing this season, including an under-body mounted rubber edge blade on a plow and a front-mounted broom to use on dryer snow.
Those two pieces of equipment are expected to arrive early in the new year.
Biensch says the city replaced 15 aging trucks from the fleet and will be outfitting its vehicles with GPS.
“We do have a map that we will be using this winter, which will show where our trucks are, so that the public can go online and see where our trucks have been,” Biensch says.
Once again private contractors will be used to hit trouble spots on priority two routes. A parking ban can also be called if more than five centimeters of snow falls at one time. That ban was last used in 2014.
With files from Aurelio Perri