My Green City Life

Snow Removal
January 28, 2008, 11:44 am
Filed under: on the town, Uncategorized

So it snowed a few inches last week. I got excited like a little kid when all the big snow plowing tractor guys came rumbling by. I ran to the window when I heard the snow removal/farm equipment tractors coming down the street. I swear, I’m like a little boy, all excited about the big machines!

But then I started thinking about all the resources it takes to clear just a few inches of snow from this city. Fossil fuels, of course, but even just the cost in dollars is astounding. Montreal has a $128-million budget for snow removal this winter. The record snow fall in December took a very sizable chunk out of that money.

So what happens when fuel costs get too high? Does the city stop clearing snow on side streets? Does it only clear one lane on a two-lane street? Will the increased fuel costs have caused more people to ditch their cars, warranting a smaller snow removal operation anyway? Will there come a day when the city doesn’t even remove the snow anymore? Is there a better alternative?

If you like, you can learn more about Montreal’s snow removal procedures here.

Image: snow removal. Originally uploaded by ben soo


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