How Brampton preps for a winter storm like the one this week


Published February 22, 2023 at 8:50 pm

An advisory from the City of Brampton warns residents of “icy and slippery” highways, roads, walkways and parking lots over the next two days due to the winter storm that is moving across Peel Region.

The city passed on a tip from Environment and Climate Change Canada reminded people to “take extra care while out and about.” It also shared how Brampton girds for a winter storm.

  • City crews pre-salt roads, sidewalks and parking lots in preparation for the storm. Pre-salting prevents snow from sticking and makes roads easier to plow.
  • Road operations and parks staff work 24 hours a day, five days a week, monitoring roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. Maintenance inspectors carry out 24-hour inspections of roads, sidewalks and bridges.
  • Staff clear fire hall and recreational centre parking lots first, followed by recreational trails.
  • City crews salt and plow primary roads first. Once these roads are clear, crews start salting residential streets. Snow related service requests, unless an emergency, will be deferred until the service level has been met.
  • Crews plow residential streets when at least 5 centimetres (2 inches) of snow falls in a single storm. Streets are not plowed to bare pavement, and it is normal for some snow to stay on the ground even once the street is plowed. Crews aim to have all roads, sidewalks and trails maintained within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. It may take longer if weather conditions are severe.

The 311 mobile app (or is available to track snow clearing and to submit service requests.

Residents who are responsible for clearing sidewalks are asked to do so by 11 a.m. the day after a snowfall. This helps ensure the safety of yourself and others

On-street parking permits are not valid during a snowfall. Parked cars prevent plows from clearing roads quickly and efficiently.

Complaints about a sidewalk not being cleared trigger a visit from an enforcement officer, who may issue an order to the property owner or occupant to take immediate action to clear the sidewalk. Failing to comply may result in the issuance of a $250 penalty notice and the City may perform the work at your expense.

The city maintains some 4,053 km of roads, more than 1,000 km ofsidewalk fronting city-owned properties, more than 2,556 transit stops, and 205 km of rec trails. It also handles clearing more than 189 school crossing locations, and 86 municipal parking lots.

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