Side streets in most Niagara municipalities will remain unplowed until evening… or longer


Published January 17, 2022 at 3:43 pm

A pedestrian walks down St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines as sidewalks are uncleared and blocked off by four foot high banks created by the snow plows.

Every municipality in Niagara Region has posted some level of warning over plowing on city and town streets.

While all main streets have priorities, several have warned side streets and cul-de-sacs will remain untouched until this evening at the earliest.

Grimsby just told its residents, “Road crews continue to work on clearing streets, which will take the remainder of the day to complete. Clean up efforts will be continuing in to the evening and tomorrow. Drifting snow this evening could create some additional snow cover on roadways, particularly on the escarpment.”

St. Catharines is asking all residents to make sure their cars are off the street. They are warning that cars left on major roadways and smaller side streets would possibly be ticketed $30 and could be towed.

“Vehicles parked on the street slow down and restrict plows, resulting in streets being inadequately cleared of snow and ice, reducing safety for everyone travelling in the city,” said St. Catharines Director of Municipal Works Darrell Smith. “We urge residents to not park on the road when we declare S’No Parking to ensure transportation routes can be cleared quickly for residents and emergency responders.”

Welland posted, “As of 1:30 p.m. city plows have made their way through roughly 75 er cent of main routes and will soon begin clearing alternate routes in the city. Please be patient as crews work and keep vehicles off the street.”

The situation in St. Catharines could be a little more treacherous as the plows have created four-foot snowbanks on both sides on the city’ major arteries and with no sidewalks cleared, pedestrians are walking on the street on major roads like Ontario Street and St. Paul Street.

Environment Canada is warning it may not be over for snow in Niagara Region as parts of the region can expect 60 cm (2 feet) of snowfall before it’s over.

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