Sunday, at 7 a.m., the City of Montreal began its second snow loading operation for the 2020-2021 season, which is adapted to the curfew in effect. Over the weekend, about 24 centimeters of snow fell in the region as Quebec received its first winter storm of 2021.
On Saturday, the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, and the head of citizen services, supply, rolling stock and workshops as well as the environment and sustainable development, Jean-François Parenteau, announced the start of the snow removal operation througha statement.
In addition, Ms. Plante also relayed the information to citizens on Twitter.
In carrying out its operation, the City prioritizes hospitals, access to public transport networks as well as major arteries.
A load adapted to the curfew
The mayoress and her colleagues decided to adapt their snow loading operations according to the curfew, which has now been in effect throughout Quebec for more than a week.
“With a view to facilitating operations, I particularly invite motorists to stay on the lookout for signage and to be aware of the various measures put in place, in particular in connection with the curfew in force”, declared the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante.
Montrealers will therefore be able to move their vehicle before 8 p.m. thanks to the various measures now adapted to the curfew.
First of all, no-parking signs for loads starting the next day will now be installed at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. This will give citizens time to move their vehicles before the curfew.
In addition, it will be exceptionally allowed to park your vehicle without paying the fees in all the off-street park-and-ride lots of the Sustainable Mobility Agency, between 3 p.m. and 5 a.m.
In addition, snow removal vehicles will no longer activate their sirens after 7:30 p.m. to warn individuals who have forgotten to move their vehicles, also because of the curfew.
Apps to guide Montrealers
To ensure the collaboration of citizens and to better guide them through winter and multiple snowstorms, the City has shared in its press release links to free applications and websites that can help them.
First of all, it is possible for Montrealers to consult snow clearing operations map in order to see the free parking spaces that are available.
In addition, city network users can download the free app. Info-Neige MTL or go to the website ville.montreal.qc.ca/deneigement. These tools allow you to view the progress of snow loading operations and indicate off-street parking available in the area. However, the signs in force in the streets for parking during the loading period can sometimes be different from that indicated on the application. In such a case, you have to rely on the signage.
Citizens can also download the free app Montreal- Service to citizens in order to receive alerts on emergency situations and unforeseen events, but also on snow removal and traffic. It is even possible to indicate a poorly plowed street or sidewalk, erroneous signage, a slippery roadway or sidewalk in front of schools, etc.
In addition, there is the INFO-towing system for those who wish to find a towed vehicle following non-compliance with the parking ban rules.