First Taste of Snow
Brings City Snow Removal Reminder
Windsor has received its first taste of winter. The City
mobilized three salt trucks overnight to address any icy conditions along E.C.
Row, especially on overpasses and the on and off ramps. With more snow to
come, the City of Windsor’s Public Works Department has prepared a few
reminders to help ensure everyone can enjoy a safe winter season.
Plowing will begin once the snow begins to fall
and accumulates to five centimetres. An average route takes from 3 to 6 hours
to complete once the snow has stopped falling, depending on the time of day and
traffic conditions. Once the main roads are clear and only if more than 10
centimetres of snow has fallen, the trucks will be redeployed onto residential
streets. If residents have concerns regarding snow on streets in their area,
they are asked to call 311.
Motorists are asked to be
patient when travelling behind a plow and give operators plenty of room. Plows
typically operate at 40 kilometres per hour. Following too close to a snowplow
can lead to poor visibility, and vehicles risk being hit by thrown snow or
Residents are reminded that clearing of
sidewalks abutting their property is their responsibility. As well, under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor
by-laws residents are prohibited from shovelling snow back onto the street
while clearing sidewalks and driveways, as this creates unsafe road conditions
for motorists. All sidewalks in commercial areas are to be cleared within 4
hours of the snow fall ending and 12 hours after in residential areas.
These are just a few
of the important winter reminders from Public Works. To learn more about
Windsor’s snow removal operations, visit the snow removal page at www.citywindsor.ca or