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Snow Routes Pilot Project

Snow routes help improve traffic flow after a storm by declaring a 24-hour parking ban along a designated route to expedite snow clearing. With no vehicles in the parking lane, a more thorough snow plow from curb-to-curb can be achieved. This improves traffic flow along the busiest roadways and helps make winter operations more efficient.

This winter, the City of Regina will test a five kilometre snow route along three primary road sections of Victoria Avenue, Winnipeg Street and College Avenue.

Check the Snow Route map to see if you are impacted.

Other major cities who have adopted this type of program or primary roads during the winter season, typically November through April.

A survey about the snow route pilot project was completed in May 2018 with a total of 848 respondents completing the survey. Thanks to all residents who took time to provide their input. Results of the survey indicated that:

  • Almost 60 per cent agree that snow routes worked to allow for quicker, more efficient plowing and improved traffic flow after a major storm.
  • More than 80 per cent agree that temporary parking bans are important with 61 per cent agreeing that they are very important.
  • 77 per cent support Regina moving to a permanent snow route program on major roads, with 57 per cent strongly supportive and 7 per cent strongly unsupportive.

Overall, results show that even for those most impacted – those who live along the routes – there is strong support for a permanent program and that the pilot project was successful from a resident point of view. Read the full survey results.

The snow route pilot program will be evaluated after the 2020 winter season to determine if it achieved the objectives of a safer, more efficient plowing and improved traffic flow following snowfalls.