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Targeted Overnight Snow Removal

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is asking for residents’ cooperation to find off-street parking in areas of downtown Halifax and Dartmouth, as well as some cul-de-sacs in residential areas where crews will be doing overnight snow removal this week.

The municipal overnight parking ban has been lifted until further notice to allow residents to park in areas where crews won’t be working.

Residents are asked to move their vehicles off the street between 8 p.m. tonight and 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the following areas to ensure crews can safely and efficiently remove snow and improve curb cuts:

Argyle Street Blowers Street Grafton Street Spring Garden Road Quinpool Road Gottingen Street Portland Street from Alderney Drive to Victoria Road Prince Street Wentworth Street from Portland Street to Alderney Drive King Street from Portland Street to Alderney Drive Dundas Street from Portland Street to Alderney Drive Cul-de-sacs in residential areas serviced by performance-based contractors

Residents are reminded that under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, vehicles can be ticketed or towed any time of the day or night if they are obstructing snow clearing.

Crews started removing snow in downtown Halifax overnight Sunday but switched to clearing operations once the snow started overnight Monday. With another significant storm expected to come this weekend, it’s important for crews to be able to remove what snow they can now. Last season, the frequent back-to-back storms made snow storage an ongoing issue for sidewalk clearing and access to bus stops, particularly in the urban core.

This year, rather than waiting for snow to accumulate, the municipality is taking a more proactive approach by removing snow in problem areas in between weather events. This will help maintain parking in the business districts and ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic can safely access the streets throughout the winter. Crews will be out every evening this week doing this work.

Residents are reminded that it’s not safe for children to play in snowbanks at the end of their driveway or along the street, particularly during a storm or the cleanup afterward. As snow starts to accumulate, visibility can be an issue for motorists, including equipment operators, who may not notice a child playing the snow.  

For more information on municipal winter operations, please visit

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