Snow and Ice Control in the City
December 7, 2016
Our Role as a City:
During snow and ice conditions, the City of Courtenay’s Public Works Department is prepared and ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We clear in order of priority:
- Arterial roads, emergency services facilities and bus routes
- Collector roads, steep hills, school zones and downtown core commercial area
- Local roads, cul-de-sacs and lanes.
We clear in order of priority:
- Downtown core within 3rd Street, Cliffe Avenue, 8th Street and Fitzgerald Avenue.
- Arterial roads then collector roads.
- Sidewalks adjacent to emergency and municipal facilities, bus stops and schools.
Your Role as a Resident or Business:
Residents and businesses play an important role during periods of snow and icy weather.
- Clear the way. Businesses are required to remove accumulated snow from downtown sidewalks bordering the property by 12:00 noon.
- Reduce hazards. Do not shovel snow from sidewalks or driveways onto the roads as this creates a traffic hazard and interferes with drainage of melting snow.
- Help us by clearing snow from storm drains and fire hydrants fronting your property. This will help drainage of melting snow and will ensure quick access to a hydrant in case of a fire.
- Be a good neighbour. Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks can be a difficult task for our senior residents, or those with limited mobility. Please lend a helping hand to neighbours that may need assistance clearing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks.
Our Role as a Community:
Get in the know about snow by learning some smart tips to help get you through the winter season safely.
- Stay informed about the latest weather warnings and forecasts.
- Keep a shovel and bag of salt or sodium chloride handy for clearing your sidewalks and driveways of ice and snow.
- Do not use warm or hot water to clear areas of snow or ice.
- When shovelling snow, pile snow on your property — not on the sidewalk or street.
- Do not let children play in snow piles or roadside snow banks.
- Check on neighbours that may be in need of assistance.
- Take transit instead of driving.
Snowplowing is a demanding job, and City crews work around the clock. Snow clearing equipment requires a wide berth and cannot be maneuvered as easily as a family vehicle. Here’s how you can help:
- Limit your travel unless absolutely necessary during severe weather.
- When traveling on the road, give the operators plenty of space — at least 10 metres. Salt, rocks and other debris can fly, decreasing visibility and posing a safety risk. Tailgating is never a good idea, but it’s especially dangerous when following heavy equipment.
- Do not pass a snow plow. In addition to the risks listed above, the plow blades may be obscured by the snow it’s throwing.
- Pedestrians, please stay alert when crossing the street and make eye contact with the equipment operators before proceeding.
- Remove parked vehicles from streets wherever possible until plowing has been completed.
- To ensure routes are clear for emergency vehicles, vehicle traffic and snow removal operations, vehicles may be towed when required.
- For everyone’s safety, emergency vehicles have priority within the City.