The City of Calgary’s road department is promising a pre-planned measured response to snow removal this winter and they’ve added a few new initiatives in their attack on snow and ice.

Extra funding approved by city council on an interim basis will allow for extra measures like residential snow removal and to pay Calgary based contractor U.L.S to sand and plow known trouble spots while city crews handle the busiest routes.

City Roads Manager Dean Bells believes Calgarians will see a marked improvement with the extra assistance from U.L.S.

The remainder of the interim funding of about $8-million expires at the end of December.

The new city council will be faced with a decision on whether to extend it.

An independent audit of Calgary’s snow removal policy will be completed by the end of this month.