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Reminder: Winter Maintenance Zones season begins October 15


(Fort McMurray, AB – October 12, 2018) – Residents are reminded that the Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ) season will begin on Monday, Oct. 15. While winter conditions aren’t anticipated for Monday, residents are advised to make plans for parking when winter operations begin.

The WMZ season begins on Monday – as highlighted in posted signage along residential streets – however, WMZs will be relaxed as we begin the season on Oct. 15, since winter maintenance is not yet needed.

Residents are also reminded of changes were made to the WMZ program last season:

  • The area for Monday and Tuesday zones were adjusted for the neighbourhoods of Prairie Creek, Beacon Hill, Abasand, Downtown, Thickwood and Wood Buffalo. If you are unsure of your zone or subzone, check your residential street signage or visit our website to confirm. 
  • Every WMZ was broken down into four subzones. The purpose of subzones is so part of a zone can be relaxed if necessary to accommodate on-street parking while crews work in other focused areas of the zone. An example of this would be when crews are hauling windrows, which takes much longer than regular plowing. Stickers have been placed on neighbourhood signage to indicate subzones, or you can find your subzone at our website. 
  • The Municipality will relax zones when maintenance is not required. If less than approximately five centimetres of snow has fallen or accumulated as snowpack on the roads, zones will be relaxed. 

Keep up-to-date on WMZs and find the status of your zone by visiting rmwb.ca/snowplow. Check the banner at the top of the municipal website for regular updates. Residents can also watch for electronic variable signage at the entrance to each neighbourhood for regular updates.

It’s easy for residents to find their zone and subzone by checking the signage along their residential street or by using the Find Your Zone tool at rmwb.ca/wmz . When zones are active, 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.  

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. 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.

Learn about the WMZ program, on-street parking restrictions, maps, FAQs and more at rmwb.ca/snowplow. Residents can also contact Pulse for more information at 780-743-7000 or rmwb.ca/pulse


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