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Updated: 8th January 2019 18:08


Calgary's snow route parking ban cancelled

The city decided to not put a snow route parking ban in place after the snow stopped falling in Calgary Wednesday afternoon.

Blowing snow creates treacherous city driving conditions Wednesday morning

The city has declared a snow event, meaning the new parking ban will take effect for the first time at 8 p.m. Wednesday. ((City of Calgary))

The city has cancelled a snow route parking ban that was expected to start at 8 p.m. Wednesday after the snow stopped falling in Calgary.

If implemented, it would have been Calgary's first snow route ban.

Snow routes include major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes and are marked by blue signs with a white snowflake.

Under new rules introduced earlier this year, when more than five centimetres falls, vehicles will not be allowed on key routes for 72 hours or until city snow clearing equipment has passed through.

The ban covers what the city deems "priority 1" and "priority 2" roads, which includes much of the downtown core.

The city say one parking option during the ban is the Parking Authority lots. Drivers can park overnight in any of the lots for free from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The city says Calgary Parking Authority lots will be free to use overnight if a snow route parking ban is put in place. (Calgary Parking Authority)

Remember that this is an experiment, if it doesn’t work on certain streets we’ll fix it, but we won’t know if it works until we try it," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The city had snow equipment on standby and used an anti-icing agent on major routes Tuesday night.

For information visit or call 311.

Snow causes slippery roads

Calgary was under a winter storm warning Wednesday morning and slippery roads and blowing snow created treacherous driving conditions in the city.

Police had temporarily closed Anderson Road to all traffic, as well as traffic along 14th Street S.W., after a serious collision Wednesday morning.

A 2001 Toyota Corolla was southbound on 14th Street roughly 400 meters south of Southland Drive S.W. when it lost control, spinning over the median into the northbound lanes where it was hit by a 2007 Toyota Camry.

This crash on 14th Street S.W. sent a 16-year-old driver to hospital with life-threatening injuries. (CBC)

The 16-year-old female driver of the Corolla was transported to Foothills Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Camry, a 31-year-old man, was not injured.

Between 5 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, there were 12 injury and 135 non-injury collisions reported to the Calgary police. During the same time period Tuesday, there were eight injury collisions and 66 non-injury collisions reported.

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