We're halfway done clearing the snow, Montreal authorities boast

Less than 48 hours after about 20 centimetres of snow fell on the city, Montreal's snow removal authorities say 50% of that snow has been removed.

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Published on: December 15, 2017 | Last Updated: December 15, 2017 10:53 AM EST

Motorists drive around a car that didn't have enough traction to make it up Robert-Bourrassa Blvd. at de la Gauchetiere St. during a Montreal snowstorm Dec. 12, 2017. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Less than 48 hours after about 20 centimetres of snow fell on the city on Tuesday, Montreal’s snow removal authorities say 50 per cent of that snow has been removed from streets and sidewalks.

Snow removal operations began at 7 p.m. Wednesday in some boroughs and were extended citywide early Thursday. As of 9 a.m. Friday, the city announced on social media that 50 per cent of the removal operation had been completed.

But as satisfying as that overall figure may be (the city estimates disposing of 20 centimetres of accumulation should not take more than four days), an inventory of the operations at the borough level posted on Info Neige Montreal suggests some neighbourhoods are getting rid of the first major snowfall more quickly than others.

As of Friday morning, the boroughs of Verdun and St-Léonard appeared to be outstripping their neighbours when it came to snow removal, posting respective completion rates of 71 per cent and 75 per cent. The borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, the largest in the city, had a 49-per-cent completion rate.

The city’s approach to and progress in removing snow can be followed at its snow removal website.

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Montrealers like Simon Brosseau were still digging out their cars on Dec. 13, 2017, the day after the city's first big snowfall of the season.  Dave Sidaway/Montreal Gazette

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Montreal police officers help push a car during the city's first big snowstorm of the season Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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Montreal buses had a difficult time negotiating the southbound turn onto Atwater Ave. from Pine Ave. because of heavy snowfall Dec. 12, 2017.  Dave Sidaway/Montreal Gazette

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A snowplow makes its way up Robert-Bourassa Blvd. in Montreal Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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Véronique Trottier's scarf is covered in snow as she waits for a bus on Lakeshore Rd. in Dorval with friend Christophe Gagner Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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Jean-Marie Dupuis shovels the driveway outside his apartment in Lachine Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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A woman drapes a cardigan over her head as she walks down Peel St. during a snowstorm in Montreal Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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Marie-Claude Leblanc clears the snow off her car during snowstorm in Lachine Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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A woman pushes a baby stroller across Ste-Catherine St. during a snowstorm in Montreal Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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A bicycle courier makes his way up Peel St. during a snowstorm in Montreal Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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Motorists drive around a car that didn't have enough traction to make it up Robert-Bourrassa Blvd. at de la Gauchetiere St. during a Montreal snowstorm Dec. 12, 2017.  John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette

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