Halton Hills mayor says Town’s response to heavy snow will be ‘carried out in priority sequence’

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Published November 17, 2021 at 2:46 pm

The Town of Halton Hills is preparing for the cold-weather season.

In preparation, municipal staff have been vehicle testing, employee training and stockpiling salt and sand to maintain roads and sidewalks.

According to Mayor Rick Bonnette, the Town’s response to heavy snow will be “carried out in priority sequence,” with their first focus first on main arterial roads, then collector roads and lastly residential and rural roads.

“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.”

Bill Andrews, Commissioner of Transportation and Public Works noted that the Town of Halton Hills adheres to a Winter Control Program in order to manage more than 1,100 kilometres of roads, 160 km of sidewalks and 27 municipal parking lots.

“There is a lot of work to do and staff operates in a planned manner,” said Andrews.

“As the Mayor noted, winter control is performed in priority sequence: Regional roads such as Trafalgar Road and arterial roads such as Guelph Street are cleared first; then collector roads like Delrex Blvd, followed by local urban and rural roads.”

Residents are asked to keep the following in mind.

Heavy snowfall extends winter control activities which may result in delays getting to local roads.

Town-wide parking prohibition on streets will also be in effect between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from now until Apr. 15, 2022, for night-time snow clearing operations.

The community is being reminded that municipally maintained sidewalk snow clearing begins at the start of a snow event and staff aim to complete sidewalk clearing within 48 hours after the event has ended.

Additionally, residents are being asked to assist with clearing snow from fire hydrants and sidewalks not maintained by the Town and to consider helping a neighbour who may have difficulties with this.

Lastly, 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 and are reminded not to shovel snow onto roadways.

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