Volker Stevin is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality construction and project management services to our customers to ensure the longevity of the Company, while sustaining growth and profitability.
We will strive to build and maintain long term relationships with our clients based on safety, quality, value, trust, timely service and in anticipation of their needs.
We will maintain the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, honesty and fairness in our relationships with our clients, professional associates, subcontractors and suppliers. We hold a moral obligation to a safe, environmentally responsible work environment and are committed to providing an organization where individual professional growth is the foundation for Company growth. Our culture of building and maintaining successful partnerships instills confidence in achieving both employee and client goals.
January 16, 2015
Snow Cloud? SnowplowAhead? Slow Down!
Alberta – In the first two weeks of 2015,10 snowplows have been hit on Alberta’s highways. Motorists are driving too close to snowplows, or driving too fast for the road conditions, and colliding into snowplows. Most of the time, this happens because drivers are “driving blind” into a snow cloud and rearending the plow or trying to pass the plow and end up hitting a side mounted wing blade. In 2014, 11 snowplows were hit during the entire year.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to follow a few simple tips when driving around snowplows:
- If you see a snow cloud ahead or have poorvisibility, slow down and proceed with caution. Snowplows may create a snow cloud that makes it difficult for them to be seen, despite their brightsafety lighting.
- Staying a safe distance behind a snowplow will prevent a possible collision and protect your car or windshield from being sprayed by sanding material. A distance of at least four car lengths, subject to road and visibility conditions, also helps the snowplow operator to see you.
- Snowplows move at much slower speeds than other vehicles. On the highway, snowplows normally don’t travel faster than 60 km/hr when plowing or spreading sand and salt.
- Snowplows are on the road for your safety and are there when the roads are icy or snow covered. The safest place to be iswell behind a plow. It is not recommended that you pass a snowplow. Operators will pull over at regular intervals to allow the traffic to pass safely. Depending on the type of highway, the snowplow could be using a left or right-mounted wing blade that is sometimes hidden by the snow it is throwing.
- If a snowplow is approaching in oncoming traffic, pull to the right as much as possible and slow down to avoid being hit by sanding material. Operators don’t always have a chance to turn off the sand spinner when vehicles are passing.
About the Safer Winter Highways Campaign
Winter means snow and ice. When winter hits, it’s the job of snowplow operators to keep our provincial highways clear and open to traffic. They’re committed to maintaining safe winter driving conditions, but they can’t do it alone. Drivers have a role to play, too, if incidents are to be avoided. This year, the Alberta government and the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association are co-sponsoring a multimedia campaign to drive this message home. For more information, visit Safer Winter Highways online.