Sidewalks on some Hwy 401 bridges closed due to snow

Durham municipalities yesterday were gaining control over the 55+ cm of snow that was dumped on the region Monday night, with a few pockets remaining.

City of Pickering yesterday advised that sidewalks on Brock Road, Roughmount Road and Whites Road, bridges over Highway 401 had been closed due to large amounts of snow.

“To minimize traffic disruption, snow removal will commence tomorrow from 9 pm–6 am, for two consecutive evenings.”

Last evening, the Town of Ajax announced that its crews were working on clearing residential streets to allow for two lanes of traffic. “Please continue to clear the windrows at the bottom of your driveway and remove parked vehicles from the road.”

Oshawa said the natural outdoor ice rinks at the Delpark Homes Centre were closed yesterday as a result of warm weather conditions.

It said the city’s downtown sidewalk snow clearing project continues..

Clarington announced all courts and cul-de-sacs have now been cleared at least once. “Our contractor has cleared all school crossings and is working on sidewalks. We want to thank our Public Works Staff for their continued hard work. And thank you residents for your support.”

Town of Whitby said sidewalk clearing continues. “We thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding. In addition, the Seniors/Accessibility windrow program has been activated.”

Drive safe: DRPS

Oshawa Power reminded that snow and wind can add up to a potential powerline disaster. “Respect the power by keeping a safe distance of 10 metres (about one bus length) from any downed powerlines.

Durham Regional Police reminded drivers to slow down and share the road as kids head back to in-person learning. “Snow banks are high in many areas reducing visibility so please take extra care.”

Oshawa said due to the record snowfall, garbage, green bin and blue box collection will occur one day later than normal. “Please note there may be further delays as our waste collectors contend with extreme conditions.”

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