The cold season has arrived and both snow and black ice can appear at any time on the 220 km of roads and 440 km of pavements and footpaths in the City of Geneva. Snow on the ground represents a challenge for the municipal territory: it cannot all be removed at the same time, but the Road Cleaning Department has significant capabilities used in accordance with a tried-and-tested strategy which determines how these resources are used and what the priority actions are.
Throughout the winter, the municipal services join forces to clear the roads and pavements of snow as quickly as possible. In total, almost one hundred employees can be called on around the clock 7 days a week until the end of March.
The operational capabilities consist of forty vehicles, including thirty small vehicles intended to make public transport stops and pavements safe. Ten heavy goods vehicles, fitted with ploughs and gritters, deal with the main roads and public transport lanes as a priority. The trucks are fitted with temperature sensors which help optimise gritting operations, thereby limiting the cost and environmental impact. The storage possibilities offer a capacity of over 600 tonnes, representing several days of operations.
The data recorded by the meteorological stations across the municipality and the weather reports are consulted in order to anticipate episodes of freezing and snowfall. An operations officer is always on duty and monitors the territory within the city to detect even the slightest problem. He/she can trigger the snow alert very quickly in coordination with the different operators around the canton.
Collaboration with the citizens
While the City itself has significant operational capabilities, it also relies on the collaboration of its citizens. Building caretakers and shop tenants can help the Road Cleaning Department by clearing snow from in front of the buildings. Vehicle owners are requested to fit winter tyres to avoid paralysing the traffic in the event of heavy snowfall.
Article modifié le 02.12.2020 à 10:55