Clearing main streets quickly will be top priority when snow hits Halton Hills

Published November 21, 2022 at 5:45 pm

When the snow arrives this winter getting the main arterial roads cleared will be the top priority for Halton Hills.

The news comes as the Town prepares for the expected dump of snow this winter by making sure plows are ready to roll, salt and sand for roads is stockpiled, and employees are trained to deal with the weather.

“I want to remind residents that we will clear roads as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “However, please be patient as it does take time for the plows to get to all of our local streets. Please know that we recognize the importance of road maintenance in supporting drivers’ safety.”

After the main roads are cleared then collector roads will be targeted before getting to residential and rural roads.

This year the Town will be responsible for clearing 1,100 km of roads, 160 km of sidewalks, and 27 municipal parking lots.

Commissioner of Transportation and Public Works Bill Andrews said that specifically, roads such as Trafalgar Rd. and Regional Rd. 25, then Queen St. and Guelph St. are cleared followed by roads such as Delrex Blvd. and Churchill Rd.

Here are other road issues to consider during bad weather:

  • Heavy snowfall or successive storms extend winter control activities resulting in delays getting to local roads.
  • A Town-wide parking prohibition on streets is in effect between 2 and 6 a.m. from Nov. 15 to April 15 for night-time snow clearing operations.
  • Municipally maintained sidewalk snow clearing starts at the beginning of a snow event and staff will endeavour to complete sidewalk clearing within 48 hours after the event has ended.
  • Residents are asked to assist with clearing snow from fire hydrants and sidewalks not maintained by the Town; consider helping a neighbour who may have difficulty.
  • Residents are asked not to shovel snow onto roadways.
  • Residents are asked to ensure garbage and blue boxes are kept off roadways, and to ensure that basketball nets are not placed on the road or roadside.
  • Residents are encouraged to report basketball nets encroaching on a roadway to Enforcement Services at 905-873-2601 ext. 2330.

For after-hours inquiries including winter control, call the Town of Halton Hills at 905-873-2600, press 2 and follow the prompts. The call will be directed to the appropriate contact where residents will either speak to the Town’s live answering service or be able to leave a message for administrative staff.

 

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