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Reminder – Winter Maintenance Zones Activate October 17

(Fort McMurray, AB – October 7, 2016) – Residents are reminded that Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ) will activate on Monday, Oct. 17, including on-street parking restrictions.

WMZs will activate on Oct. 17 regardless of weather conditions – even if there is no snow on the ground – to ensure consistency for residents, establish clear timelines for the program, and allow time for both residents and road crews to adjust to on-street parking conditions.

Crews have installed permanent “No Parking” signs in neighbourhoods throughout Fort McMurray, establishing five Winter Maintenance Zones – one for each weekday. From Oct. 15 – April 15, on-street parking will not be available for one day a week in each of the five zones from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. As Oct. 15 lands on a Saturday this year, the program will begin on Monday, Oct. 17.

Residents can identify their Zone by checking the signage along their residential street or by reviewing the mapping provided at rmwb.ca/snowplow. Regular updates and additional information about the WMZ program can also be found online.

The Municipality’s priority is to inform residents about the program for snow and ice control and to facilitate the changes in on-street parking, so that residents can avoid being ticketed or towed.

Residents are responsible for complying with parking regulation as set out in the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079. Vehicles parked in an active Winter Maintenance Zone could be ticketed or towed by an independent third party company to an impound lot located by the Water Treatment Plant off Silin Forest Road located on the west side of the Athabasca Bridge. Parking tickets and towing fees are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

As the season ramps up, crews have begun to bring out equipment for training, testing, checking plowing routes and assessing safety hazards. Motorists are advised to follow road equipment from a safe stopping distance and to allow space for visibility.

Find out about the WMZ program, on-street parking restrictions, priority routes, alternative parking options and more at rmwb.ca/snowplow.


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