The Operations Department is responsible for snow and ice control on approximately 300 kilometres of highway within the municipal boundaries. The exception is the Alaska Highway, which is maintained by the Government of Yukon.
Snow and Ice Control include:
The city operates with a limited snow removal budget and therefore must establish priorities to provide the greatest benefit to the majority of the travelling public. In setting priorities, consideration is given to criteria such as traffic volume, road classification, road geometrics, terrain, transit, emergency services, drift exposure, and drainage problems.
There are four priorities established under the City's Snow and Ice Control Policy:
- Priority #1: freeways, major arterial roads, emergency routes, major bus routes, and roads with steep grades and during the spring melt areas with known drainage problems.
- Priority #2: remainder of the arterial roads, remainder of the bus routes, major industrial roads, roads in the central business district, roads adjacent to schools and roads to city-owned facilities and emergency routes within Priority 2 zones.
- Priority #3: all remaining roads.
- Priority #4: city-owned parking lots and lanes.
When storms are continuous, or follow closely, one after another, operations will be repeated or continued on the highest priority until completed before moving on to the next priority.
Snow ploughing may result in windrows on both sides of the road. The clearing of windrows left in front of driveways is the responsibility of the property owner or the individual, company, or corporation affected.
Where occupants are infirm senior citizens or persons with disabilities that prevent them from removing the windrow, the city will plough in front of private driveways provided that a request is received from the occupant. Such windrows will be cleared after snow ploughing operations are completed in order of priorities listed.
When streets have been signed for snow clearing, motorists are reminded to remove all vehicles parked on the street. Vehicles that are not moved shall be towed away and the owner of the vehicle shall be responsible for all towing fees.
For information on your responsibilities for snow and ice control as a property owner or tenant, check out the Maintenance Bylaw