Road problems abound; parking ban in place until Dec. 27

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Stay off the roads and don’t park on them.

That’s the request from the municipality and Chatham-Kent police.

According to police, road conditions continue to be extremely dangerous due to blowing and drifting snow. If you attempt to travel on the roads the chance of becoming stranded remains very high. 

Emergency crews will have significant difficulty reaching stranded motorists and there may be delays of several hours, police said.

The list of roads that are closed or not passable are far too many to list, police added. 

The municipality has also enacted a 72-hour ban on the parking of vehicles on municipal streets and roads. It began at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and will remain in effect until 2 p.m. Dec. 27.

“We are asking motorists to make every effort to move their vehicles off the streets so that the plows can clear the roads more effectively,” said Ryan Brown, Director of Public Works, in a media release. “We recognize that this is an inconvenience, but there are no other options. Emergency vehicles, citizens, and local businesses all depend on these streets being cleared as quickly as possible. The order will be rescinded as soon as road conditions warrant it to limit the inconvenience to residents.”

The parking ban has been declared under Chatham-Kent (traffic and parking) by-law 245-2004, sections 218.02 and 218.03.

Residents are also being reminded that placing snow or ice on a roadway is a violation under the Highway Traffic Act.

Chatham-Kent’s Snow Plow Tracker and Frequently Asked Questions for winter control can be found on the municipal website at www.chatham-kent.ca.  Contact the Municipality by phone at 3-1-1 or email ck311@chatham-kent.ca for more information.

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