Winter Sidewalk Maintenance & Snow Removal

Posted on Tuesday December 19, 2017
Sidewalk Plow

Sidewalks are classified in accordance with the associated pedestrian traffic and proximity to high volume roadways, in addition to the ease with which they can be cleared.

Class 1—sidewalks abutting high volume roadways, sidewalks located within commercial core areas.  Winter Maintenance after 5cm snow accumulation, completed within 12 hours.

Class 2—balance of sidewalk on medium volume roadways that can be cleared with mechanized plow equipment, including those sidewalks near schools and facilities.  Winter Maintenance after 8cm snow accumulation, completed within 24 hours.

Class 3—sidewalks on lower volume roadways that will not be cleared due to standard of construction and/or destination.  No winter maintenance.

Each winter event is unique, extreme weather and prolonged storms may prevent the sidewalks from being cleared quickly even with the best efforts of Municipal forces.  This in turn results in different actions or approaches to be taken in responding to the uniqueness of the storm.  As a result, the timeline required for final storm clean-up is difficult to predict in advance.

The quality standards are intended to maintain a reasonable safe, affordable, and effective pedestrian access network throughout the municipality during the winter months.

Removal of snow will take place on streets taking into consideration public safety, snow storage capability, emergency access routes, street parking requirements and general pedestrian volumes.

Snow removal operations are generally carried out at night time when the No Parking by-law is in effect.