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Plowing underway to remove snow from city streets

Thursday, January 09, 2014   by: Staff


The City of Sault Ste. Marie Public Works and Transportation Department would like to advise residents that in preparation of warmer temperatures City Works crews will be out working 24 hours daily in order to remove the snow pack from streets.

Public Works asks for your assistance in not parking on city streets, where possible.

Please note that overnight parking is prohibited from midnight to 6 a.m. until March 31 on all city streets.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie thanks its citizens for their cooperation and patience during this process.


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chatterbox 1/9/2014 10:17:57 AM Report

This city enjoys world class snow removal....second to none!!!
S.M.A.R.T. 1/9/2014 10:38:00 AM Report

chatterbox, I don't know if you're serious or just being facetious. Either way, you're wrong!
sunbun 1/9/2014 10:43:43 AM Report

Agreed...last year was terrible, our street was hardly ever plowed...but this year my street has been cleared ASAP. Plus, after removing the snow pack on our street the tractors even cleared the end of our driveways! I'm impressed, obviously the city heard our complaints finally!
Koss 1/9/2014 10:46:56 AM Report

not sure how anyone can complain about the plowing in this city (other than the shoveling at the end of the driveway which is unavoidable). We get just as much snow if not more than any part of Canada, and yet, our streets stay open. Compare to Toronto, Edmonton, and even Montreal, whos citizens and city staff panic to keep up with the snow on the street. Even Sudbury, another Northern Ontario city, is miles behind us in snow plowing.
Shortz 1/9/2014 10:57:58 AM Report

I drive a cab during the day. My main complaint is that they need to treat intersections on the side streets better.
Wisenheimer 1/9/2014 10:58:47 AM Report

Check your property tax increase this year to pay for it. The money is all gone.
Pete B 1/9/2014 11:00:38 AM Report

It's true, our snow removal is excellent compared to alot of cities in Canada. If you have never left northern Ontario then you wouldn't know any better. But if you have ever travelled to southern Ontario, Saskatchewan or Alberta you would know how great our snow removal is! Quebec has excellent snow removal except for Montreal. There are parts of south eastern Quebec on the Gaspe peninsula that receive 3-4 times the amount of snow we get here in Sault Ste. Marie and they can clear roads like no other! Of all the places I have been in Canada during winter months I would rate Sault Ste. Marie in the top 10 easily! So for those that feel our snow removal is not up to par then you need to get out and see Canada!
sammie69 1/9/2014 11:06:42 AM Report

Sure there removing the snow but there also leaving 3 feet of heavy snow at the end of our driveways sure its good there clearing but what about u people on fixed income or who are disabled an not able to lift heavy stuff
Slim Shady 1/9/2014 11:11:57 AM Report


The City does an excellent job at snow removal. My only want would be to see a bit more sanding done.

You have to understand you will never get IMMEDIATE removal nor will you get 100% of the snow removed to your liking. It is a trade-off between cost and manning levels.

To all of you that bitch and moan of your taxes: It costs a lot of money for fuel, equipment and manning to deliver a service. If you don't want to pay increased taxes (costs rise beyond the City's control) than your choose is very simple - 1. Do without the service or accept proportionately less. 2. Move elsewhere.

Everybody critizes City workers. It is a difficult job. Do you wait for a storm to end or do you plow? Both have consequences. One costs double the money, the other delays morning commuters.

Some people are to lazy in this city to shovel their own drieway and sidewalk but yet will complain loudly on the efforts of others.

My thanks go out to the City Workers, keep up the good work - it is appreciated by the majority.

frnlak 1/9/2014 11:23:11 AM Report

How about cleaning the sidewalks better so the handycapped don't have to ride their wheelchairs on the street. There is nothing on this site about the girl in the motorized wheelchair being hit by a car near Carmans Way and taken to the hospital in very serious condition. Where is the story on this accident Soo Today ? Jerks!
Tag33&1/3rd 1/9/2014 11:28:14 AM Report

City Workers follow orders of what is to be done. It isn't their fault. Nor is it their fault snow gets piled at end of driveways. If they were told to maintain the streets more often then there wouldn't be as much accumulation all at once. All about $.
osirisptah 1/9/2014 11:28:36 AM Report

Just cut back the banks on Queen and I'll be happy...
Leftheel 1/9/2014 11:29:28 AM Report

My biggest complaint is that living on a narrow street the plow truck will go down one side dumping 3/4 of the road at the end of my driveway and next to nothing across the street on the way back. It would be nice if they'd switch it up once in a while.

That's not mentioning I'm the 3rd driveway from the corner and get more at the end of mine than the first 2 because of the design they use when plowing but it is what it is. I have 4x4.
MrBusDriver 1/9/2014 11:35:29 AM Report

I'm from Southern Ontario, and I would rate Sault Ste Marie's snow removal somewhere below the top 100. I've followed the zambonis here, sorry, snowplows... They make the roads SO shiny!!! Yesterday, I called the city FOUR times because the front-end-loader that goes through the laneway beside my building left a hard packed ice ridge that even the most physically fit person could not remove. I explained I'm a school bus driver and need to be able to get to and from work. All four times I called I got "We'll put in a work order"... Translation: we're all busy at Timmies. So what do I do? Park on the street so I get towed away??? Hire a front-end-loader to fix the city's mistake and send the bill to city hall??? Guess I'll have to keep calling them until I reach the magic number of where they'll put down their Timmies and actually do their job correctly instead of the not even half-assed "service" we have received so far. As a school bus driver, I drive on city streets that NEVER get plowed. AT ALL.
Slim Shady 1/9/2014 11:42:18 AM Report


Not every report makes it on the news. I never read about that accident in the paper either.... I hope the person is okay.

If everyone took the time to shovel the sidewalk infront of their home or business - 80% of the sidewalks would be clear most of the time!

Really how much effort does it take for a homeowner to shovel a path 36" wide x 30-60 feet?

Did you know that if you have a fire hydrant infront of your house it is YOUR responsiblity to shovel it clear?

People are getting fatter and more lazy every year. One way to get exercise (if you are able) is to WORK. It is free and gives you fresh air in your lungs.
more_cowbell 1/9/2014 11:47:34 AM Report

You live in Northern Ontario, do you have any idea how much of the city's budget is tied up in snow removal?
Yes,I do wish there are times when snow removal could be more efficient. However, I also know first hand, (brother in law), that these workers work hard and can only do what they are told.
If you want something to complain about, maybe you people should get on the city police about their efficiency. Now that is comical at times, but also scarey when people call 911 and are put on hold or told there isn't an officer available.
Bad Dawg 1/9/2014 12:26:24 PM Report

many cities have different ways of doing it. Where I grew up ( small town in northern Alberta) they would plow the snow to the middle of the roads and have a loader and trucks to get rid of it right away. I never shoveled the end of my driveway til I moved to Ontario.
Paddlenut 1/9/2014 12:40:21 PM Report

I happen to be very satisfied with the state of snow removal in this City. And I'm tired of hearing about the "First World" problems of those who think otherwise.
weezie06 1/9/2014 12:43:50 PM Report

Good maybe the city will come remove the snow they dump in my parking pad been 3 days of calling none stop and still nothing
Right of Centre 1/9/2014 2:03:01 PM Report

I've lived in southern Ontario, and out west. Of all the cities I've lived in, the Sault has had the best snow removal, without a doubt. Try living in a BC city that plows all snow to the MIDDLE of the road, and just leaves it there. Good luck making a left turn, and major intersections become very dangerous.
redy 1/9/2014 2:23:29 PM Report

Just wish they would take snow banks on queen street and other main street I know tbey did some
redy 1/9/2014 2:24:00 PM Report

Just wish they would take snow banks on queen street and other main street I know tbey did some
Sam C 1/9/2014 2:42:56 PM Report

chatterbox... you are 100% correct. Anyone who believes otherwise has not lived in other areas. I was out last night, and found all the major routes clear, and the sides streets I was on quite passable, despite all the blowing snow.

I'm not sure what people's expectations are, but I have no complaints.

The city has already been out removing banks on the narrower arteries, and continues to do bank removal and grading the packed snow/ice.

Not sure what more anyone could expect.
Pakadeva 1/9/2014 2:59:09 PM Report

Yes, I agree last year seemed terrible to me as well, but, this year, I see great improvements! Thank you SSM for making it safer for driving around this city by removing huge mounds of snow that blocks ones view on slippery roads!
Slim Shady 1/9/2014 3:00:26 PM Report


I find it offensive when people criticize other workers because they have a right to a coffee break. Such condescending comments make you sound like a whining a$$hole.

Do you think that when you call in during a blizzard that YOU, a school bus driver, are their #1 priority? Maybe, just maybe, their resources are maxed out addressing the 911 arteries - not your little side alley. You aren't allowed to park commercial vehicles in residential allies to begin with. You block emergency fire routes etc. You should be driving your personal vehicle to the bus yard (in the industrial area) and pick up your bus there.

You can't compare Southern Ontario to the snow demands up here.

Pete B 1/9/2014 4:04:22 PM Report

Mr bus driver
You should go back to southern Ontario and stop your B*���ing.
Slim shady,
School buses do not fall under the same rules as commercial trucks for parking in residential areas
MrBusDriver 1/9/2014 6:33:00 PM Report

@slim shady. I have zero problem with workers taking a coffee break. But when that break lasts 3 hours, that's where they're dogging it.
I have seen up to eight city plows and loaders sitting at a coffee shop the entire length of my afternoon route.
Speaking f, I do leave my bus at the yard and drive ,y car back and forth to work.
So would the real slim shady please shut up, please shut up
MrBusDriver 1/9/2014 6:35:21 PM Report

@slim shady. I have zero problem with workers taking a coffee break. But when that break lasts 3 hours, that's where they're dogging it.
I have seen up to eight city plows and loaders sitting at a coffee shop the entire length of my afternoon route.
Speaking of, I do leave my bus at the yard and drive my car back and forth to work.
So would the real slim shady please shut up, please shut up.
Lleoy 1/9/2014 7:15:26 PM Report

Mr. Bus driver, just because you failed to write your name correctly when you wrote your test to get in the city don't blame anybody but yourself. I call bull$#!t on your story about the coffee shop, all trucks are equipped with a GPS unit. Would you like the loader operator to take a break, so the trucks can wait, then the trucks to go, so the loader can wait. Don't be such a whiner, just because you see a grey truck does not mean its the same person. If you don't like it, MOVE a$$#ole.
happy camper 1/9/2014 8:24:09 PM Report

SNAP OUCH THAT HURT!!!! Sore A$$ Bus driver ?
Mr. Poster 1/9/2014 9:54:07 PM Report

Are the kids on that bus safe with this bus driver?
great buy 1/10/2014 7:38:29 AM Report

Complain all you want, they do an awesome job. I don't know how they are able to deal with the unbelievably rude drivers on the streets for 8/12 hour shifts. Thanks for keeping me and my family safe.
berin 1/10/2014 9:01:02 AM Report

So happy to see the plows go by followed by 2 loaders cleaning the end of everyones driveway.
MrBusDriver 1/10/2014 9:58:38 AM Report

I've seen the grey trucks AND the loaders sitting at the Country Style on 2nd line. NOT ONE moved for 3 hours. Slim Shady should get off his lazy ass and actually go out and SEE what everyone is talking about instead of sitting in his Mamma's home making assinine comments. His comments aren't worth my, or anyone's time, so I'll just ignore.
My point, if any of you bothered to actually read my post is that the snow crews need to be held accountable to their mistakes - when they fill in someone's driveway, or leave a huge ridge that even a military-grade Hummer would have difficulty with. YES, there are some snowplow operators out there who ARE good. I never said they are all bad. But the majority of them, either through malice or plain incompetence are the ones most people hate, and rate them somewhere just above telemarketers on the evolutionary scale. Slim Shady is somewhere below that.
If I screw up on my job, I get called in to explain my actions / inactions. If I screw up on purpose, yes, I'd expect to be fired. When a snowplow operator screws up whether its doing it on purpose or out of pure stupidity, why should they be any different???
If the snowplow operators would do their jobs without actively trying to piss everyone off, I'm sure more people, myself included, would support them.
This is all I'm gonna say on this because obviously there are a few here who are far too immature to be allowed online and need to get out of their Mamma's house and get a real life
kadynce 1/10/2014 6:27:06 PM Report

to Mr bus driver.
Do you honestly think that the city snow removal crews would sit at a coffee shop for three hours? Maybe when you went by it was there first coffee break and then when you went by again they were on lunch?? Have you ever thought of that? Of course not. Also this so called ridge that a military hummer could not get over?? Wow was it 50 foot high? Or maybe you should shovel your drive way down so when the plow does go by it doesn't leave a 50 foot ridge. People like you make me laugh. Its the city's fault for everything. Snow plowing, not snow plowing, cutting ice, not cutting ice, sanding, not sanding, sanding too much, not sanding enough. Back up beepers making too much noise. A couple of years back Sault ste Marie Ontario was ranked in the top ten citys in Ontario for winter street clearing and cleaning. So if you have any more issues with the street maintenance I suggest you get a job at the city and show all the plow drivers and sanders and grader operates and loader operators how they should be doing it. Or better yet maybe change places with you. You work 12 hour shifts and they will drive you bus for 3 hours a day.....
MrBusDriver 1/10/2014 7:55:17 PM Report

Read my post... those trucks did not move a centimeter for 3 hours. Next time I will take pictures to prove it.
I'm done with this Convo. Obviously the group here does not have the intelligence to see an obvious point I was making
kadynce 1/10/2014 10:29:58 PM Report

Also Mr bus driver man. You rate snow plow drivers right below call center people? What is wrong with working a a call centre. Mr bus driver I think I can speak for the majority of people on this forum by saying you are an idiot. Alsobi feel very sorry that you have to go through your entire life with that little amount of common sense and brains. You should move back to southern Ontario cause apparently you cannot handle the great WHITE NORTH
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