Town of Oakville Snow Removal

Are you familiar with the Town of Oakville’s snow removal policies and guidelines? This information will help you gain a better understanding of the snow removal and sanding/salting priorities.

Sanding and Salting

Sand and Salt trucks will be deployed at the beginning of a snowfall at the first sign of the roads beginning to ice. Priority will be given to the primary roads with the greatest volume of traffic, such as Lakeshore, Trafalgar, Spears and Upper Middle. Secondary roads — the roads which lead to primary roads — will be salted/sanded next . Examples of secondary roads would include Glenashton and Bridge Road. Once the primary and secondary roads are salted/sanded residential streets will typically be sanded at intersections and on sharp curves and hills. This proactive process helps keep Oakville roads as safe as possible while the snow begins to fall.

Plowing

When snow begins to accumulate primary and secondary roads will be plowed first. Once they are clear the Town will focus on clearing residential streets if the accumulation is at least 10 centimetres. When accumulations are substantial enough that all roads will be plowed the Town of Oakville plans to have all streets cleared within 24 hours of the termination of the snow fall. This period may be extended by heavy snowfalls or successive storms so please be patient.

Sidewalks

Sidewalks will be cleared only following accumulations of 5 centimetres or greater and following the clearing of snow from the streets. Sidewalks located on primary and secondary streets with schools will be cleared first followed by residential sidewalks. The sidewalks on primary and secondary streets may be salted/sanded when extremely slippery conditions prevail.

Do Your Part

This is what you can do to help the Town clean up efficiently:

• Remove snow from fire hydrants and drainage catch basins near your property
• Pile snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the road) when shovelling. This helps minimize the ridge of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway
• Remove plowed snow at the end of your driveway. Snowplow operators must push snow to the curb or shoulder, possibly covering recently shovelled driveways
• Park vehicles off the street when possible. By-law 1984-1 prohibits parking of vehicles on town streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 15 to April 15

The Town of Oakville has a Snow Information Line that you can call with any questions at 905-815-5999. They also seem to be leading the way in snow removal technology with on-line Current Snow Clearing Status updates. This page provides progress updates for where the plows have and have not been. Check out the link below and stay warm.

Click Here for Current Snow Clearing Status

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Burlington Snow Removal Guidelines

My neighbour and I were recently joking about the fact that it had been a week since the most recent snow storm and our residential street was still snow covered. I decided it might be worth a quick call to the City to gain a thorough understanding of snow removal policies and expectations. This is what I found.

When a winter event starts the sand and salt trucks are dispatched on primary roads followed by secondary roads. After the snowfall reaches 2” on primary and secondary roads the snowplows are sent out to clear them. Once snowfall accumulations reach 3” on residential streets the plows will be sent to clear these streets. The City of Burlington’s aim is to have all roads in the City plowed within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall. The City’s first priority is to keep the main roads clear. They ask you not to call to report your residential street unplowed until 24 hours have passed since the end of a snowfall.

Sidewalk Snow Removal

I was surprised to learn that the City of Burlington is responsible for clearing snowfall from all sidewalks – including residential sidewalks – once accumulation reaches 2”. When snowfalls accumulate less than 5” of snow the City’s goal is to have all sidewalks plowed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the snowfall. Priority will be placed on primary and secondary sidewalks followed by residential sidewalks.

Snowfall accumulations between 5” and 12” alter the City’s goal for sidewalk clearing as follows:

• Primary Sidewalks – 18 hours after snowfall conclusion
• Secondary Sidewalks – 36 hours after snowfall conclusion
• Residential Sidewalks – 72 hours after snowfall conclusion

When snowfalls accumulate in excess of 12” the City will do its best to clear the snow as soon as possible. The City will salt and sand primary and secondary sidewalks only when extremely slippery conditions exist.

Now that I have done the leg work I have realistic expectations of the City of Burlington with regard to snow removal. I hope this has given you similar perspective. Should you need to get in touch with the City to report an unplowed street based on the above guidelines they can be reached at 905-335-7777.