Greenstone Snow Removal

With the season for snow occurrences upon us the Municipality of Greenstone would like to remind residents of the following:

Snow Removal and Priority Areas

There are several factors including temperature, forecasts and precipitation that determine how and when plowing, salting or sanding takes place. Road crews work hard to keep priority roads as clear as possible to ensure the safety of drivers and allow for emergency vehicles to respond quickly and safely. Snow clearing routes are designed to minimize duplication and maximize efficiency. 

The Municipality’s goal is to clear snow and ice as quickly as possible and have one snowplow pass on all streets within 24 hours after a snow event. However, during heavy snow and ice storms, snow removal may take longer, and this may impact timelines.

Please be patient while you wait for plows to get to your area and remember to give yourself extra time to get where you need to go. Also, take into consideration delays that are common during the winter season and plan your day accordingly!

Using Provincial guidelines set out in the Municpal Act, roads are classified based on their intended use (for instance, traffic volumes and speed limits) and maintained accordingly.

Listed in order are road snow-clearing priority areas:

  1. Major arterial roads and bus routes
  2. Major collector roads and industrial areas
  3. Local residential streets
  4. Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets
  5. Back lane ways

For more information please view the Municipal Policy Winter Maintenance of Municipal Roads and Travel Ways 

Please note that all maintenance standards are based on operations taking place after a snow or ice storm has ended.

Things You Can Do To Help!

By following these tips, you can improve road safety and help us increase the efficiency of our snow removal operations by allowing us to plow properly with one pass.

  • Do not park on the street until after the snow has been cleared.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room as they may need to back up.
  • Pile all snow from your driveway and sidewalks on your property.  It is illegal to push snow onto the road. Read the Ontario Highway Traffic Act - section 18.
  • On your garbage collection day, place garbage containers close to the road edge but in your driveway so that they do not interfere with snow removal as well as get lost in the snow drifts.

For information on the Municipal Windrow Removal Program please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020