Thunder Bay is a winter city. It has been for ever.
True, winters of late have been on the milder side with snow making its appearance later than normal. The snow does come eventually.
So, with the knowledge that clearing snow off of the streets and sidewalks is inevitable, a person might think that the brain trust at City Hall would be taking that fact into account when planning, designing and constructing our streets.
Therefore, intentionality making things more difficult for our valiant road crews charged with this task seems counter productive to me.
I am not sure what the purpose of whatever those barriers that were built on Algoma Street is. What I am sure of is that they present a hazard to traffic and are a pain in the butt for grader operators ploughing snow. The taxpayers paid money for this.
Parking meter location, trees, bus stops all have to take winter into account. make it easier not harder to clear snow.
Streets and sidewalks need to be constructed with winter in mind. The same goes for hugely expensive waterfront developments. The designs must allow for the removal and storage of snow. I don’t see that in our city. I believe we can do better.
There is a saying that time is money. Much of the snow clearing operations of streets and sidewalks include overtime. Simplifying urban designs to make that job easier will save time and therefore save money.
We know we are going to get some snow every winter. We do every year and I expect we will for decades, maybe even centuries yet to come.