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We work diligently to keep our streets safe with annual snow clearing budget of approximately $1.9 million. Below outlines how we prioritize and manage snow clearing on city streets, sidewalks, and municipal properties.
Collectors and Bus Routes
With the high number of driveways within the city, it would be very costly to add additional people and equipment to either clear windrows, or not leave them in the first place.
Windrow gates (which prevent plows from piling snow up at driveways) are most commonly found as attachments for graders - we use truck plows, not graders. These gates are also challenging in residential neighbourhoods where driveways are close together - they work best in more rural settings. Our Streets Department is researching gate attachments to work with our truck plows.
It is the responsibility of homeowners to clear snow off sidewalks adjacent to their property, and to clear the windrow at the end of their driveway.