Snow Plowing Priorities for normal winter conditions

Public Works

The Town of Gananqoue snowplows are big, difficult to drive and work continuously during snowfalls to clear nearly 76km of road .

Road Plowing : Target Hours are as follows;

Arterial – 4hrs – Major Arterial and Collector Roads, such as King and Stone (Class 3 as per Minimum Maintenance Standards require 12 hrs snow, 8 hrs ice)

Secondary – 6 hrs – Secondary Collector Roads, such as Charles, William, Herbert and Garden (Class 4 as per Minimum Maintenance Standards require 16 hrs snow, 12 hrs ice)

Residential – 16hrs – Local Residential and other low volume roads (Class 5 as per Minimum Maintenance Standards require 24 hrs snow, 16 hrs ice)

Sidewalk Clearing

 2 sidewalk plows with approximately 55km of sidewalk.  Arterial and Secondary Roads are our first priorities followed by the remaining sidewalks focusing on efficiency.  We start plowing before 2.5cm of accumulation or within 6 hrs after an event.

*Target number of hours to have centre of the roadway clear following the end of the snowfall

Download the info: Winter Plowing

 Snowplow safety

  • Be patient and keep a safe distance from plows. When travelling behind a plow, leave at least three car lengths of distance between you and the plow.
  • Do not drive beside a plow and NEVER pass a plow.
  • If a plow is approaching from the opposite direction, shift to the right of your lane to give some extra leeway. Plows need to clear the centre of the road too.
  • If you are on a multiple lane road (such as the 401) and there is a line of plows working, do not attempt to pass. Be patient and follow the plows at a safe distance.
  • Pedestrians: if you see a snowplow, assume the driver has not seen you and move off the sidewalk into a yard where you can be seen.
  • Parents: children should be reminded not to play on, or build forts, in roadside snowbanks and to not approach a plow, even if it has stopped.