A busy one-way street in downtown North Bay was closed for a good portion of Tuesday morning as the city snow removal crews took away the large snow banks that have built up courtesy of the significant snowfall North Bay has received in the past 10 days.
"Our snow removal operations started to target areas starting on Monday," said Gord Young, City of North Bay communications officer.
"Work will begin daily at 3:30 a.m. Please keep in mind that this schedule is weather dependent and could change if our crews are required to refocus their efforts on plowing should we receive significant snowfall."
City crews traditionally used to do this type of work at night time, but back in 2020, the city changed its snow removal policy to allow for daytime snow removal.
"Instead of using contractors to conduct blitzes over two-week periods between midnight and 8 a.m., City crews have been working daily starting at 4 a.m. to remove snow from main arteries followed by collectors and side streets, as traffic volumes increase," the city stated back in 2020 about the change.
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On Jan. 30, Main Street and Lakeshore Drive were the targeted areas.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the snow removal took place on Oak Street, from Sherbrooke to Main and of course McIntyre Steet as well from Main to Algonquin.
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, crews will remove snow on Lakeshore Drive and Main from Charles to Main. While McIntyre snow removal is scheduled to go from Main to Fisher.
On Thursday, Feb. 2 they plan to continue snow removal on McIntyre from Fisher to Algonquin.
On Friday, Feb. 3, Fisher Street will be the target, going from McGauhey to a location yet to be determined.
City crews should be able to get ahead of the white stuff with very little snow in the forecast this week.
More snow removal in other portions of the city will take place next week.