Among our wintertime rites of passage is the clearing of sidewalks by small plows that are charmingly named “peanut pushers” in Quebec, with blades specially contoured to the dimensions of the walkway.
They’re used mainly in suburban areas where there’s enough room to pile up the snow around the sidewalks. There isn’t sufficient space to use them in the inner city, where sidewalks are squeezed on both sides by various things.
That was obviously the case along a sidewalk that runs between Somerdale Sq. and Regency Sq., where a huge amount of turf was peeled up next to the sidewalk, even though the snowfall was no more than a few centimetres.
STATUS: Hector Moreno, a senior road operations official with the city, said that when the weather is as mild as it has been this winter, the turf next to sidewalks isn’t frozen. So it’s easy for the plow blade to tear the soft turf if it strays even slightly from the sidewalk. If a complaint is made to 311, Moreno said the city will show up in the spring and lay new sod over the damaged area, but homeowners have to help out by watering the sod until it takes root, he said.
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