Small sidewalk plows haven’t been able to cut through the thick layer of ice that’s built up, and salt isn’t effective in melting ice in temperatures below about -18 C or so.

“The sidewalk machines don’t have a lot of downward pressure, not like a road plow, so you can’t really rip up the ice like you could with a road plow. So the best you can do is provide traction for people and then wait for the warmer weather, and that’s coming this weekend,” said Kevin Wylie, the city’s road maintenance manager.

“So once the weather gets a little warmer we’ll start to see that ice break up a bit, we’ll get back out with our plows, and we’ll get that ice off of there.”

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