Snow Removal

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Snow and Ice in Pitt Meadows

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We don’t get snow often in Pitt Meadows, but when we do, it can be inconvenient and hazardous. Working together, both the City and residents can help keep our community clear of snow and ice so everyone can get around safely.

The City’s Operations department maintains approximately 114km of asphalt roadways, and snow is cleared from these roadways based on a priority system. The City plows snow or treats ice with salt or sand on main routes only, around the clock, until they are consistently clear. After main routes are clear, residential and side streets are cleared only during normal working hours. Depending on conditions and requirements to keep main routes open, it may be several days before side streets and residential roads are cleared. 

All levels of service are contingent on available resources including, but not limited to, availability of equipment, manpower, supplies, and budget.

Resident Snow Responsibilities

Sidewalks and pathways bordering your home or business property must be cleared by 10am. 

As per the City of Pitt Meadows’ Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw 2377, "it is the responsibility of all owners or occupiers of real property to remove snow, ice or rubbish from sidewalks, stairs, ramps and foot paths bordering their property.” We require all residential and business occupants to clear the public sidewalks on their property as soon as possible after a snowfall, and no later than 10:00 am.  

Failure to comply with this bylaw may result in a $100.00 fine.

Minimize vehicles on public and residential roadways. This prevents your car from being snowed in by the snowplow and allows the City to keep more roadway clear.

Snow pushed across your driveway by the snowplow is inconvenient, but it is the only way the snowplow can clear the roadway. To reduce this problem, shovel the snow to the left side of your driveway, so when the snow plow passes your home, the snow will be pushed away from your driveway rather than across it.

Be a Snow Angel. Please help your neighbours who have mobility difficulties, such as seniors and persons with disabilities, as shovelling snow can be a difficult and dangerous task. Check in with them frequently, as they may be unable to get out of their home due to the snow and may need help getting groceries, medications, or other necessities.

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Snow and Ice on Your Street

The Public Works Crew removes snow from all major and collector routes on a priority basis. 

Priority 1 Secondary Highways and Main Roads
Phase 1 includes Harris Rd, Hammond Rd, and Airport Rd. Crews work 24 hours a day to maintain these routes until they remain clear.
 
Priority 2 Emergency Roadways and School Roads
Phase 2 roadways may not receive attention for several days while crews maintain Phase 1 areas. Please note school sidewalks are the responsibility of the School District.
 
Priority 3 Collector Roads
Depending on conditions like continued snowfall, these areas may not receive attention for several days while crews maintain Priority 1 roadways. Phase 3 roadways are cleared during normal working hours.
 
Priority 4

Residential Streets

Depending on conditions like continued snowfall, these areas may not receive attention for several days while crews maintain Priority 1 roadways. Phase 4 roadways are cleared during normal working hours.

 

The first priority is main routes, and crews work 24 hours a day to maintain these routes until they remain clear. Depending on conditions like continued snowfall, and the amount of time and work required to keep main routes open, side streets and local roads may not be cleared for several days. Crews only treat or plow snow on side streets or local roads once main routes are at a consistently clear standard, and residential streets are only done during normal working hours. 

Snowplows only move snow off the roadway, not remove it, so there will be snow buildup along the side of the road, on sidewalks and across driveways. It is frustrating trying to keep sidewalks clear and for parking, but unfortunately it is the only way to clear the roadways for people to travel safely.

Snow that freezes cannot be plowed. If crews are busy clearing main routes, and depending on temperatures, snow on side and residential streets may melt slightly and then freeze again before crews get to these areas. The resulting ice can then only be treated with salt or sand for traction until the ice melts.

If garbage pickup is missed due to the snowy conditions and the truck not able to access your bins, contact Waste Management at 604.778.5700.  

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Sidewalks and Trails

Sidewalks on municipal properties are cleared by our Parks department, in the following priority:

Priority 1 Municipal properties
Priority 2 Sidewalks and paths bordering park property (Staff do not move to level 2 unless level 1 is under control)
Priority 3 Sidewalks, parking lots on park properties. (Level 3 is not addressed unless level 1 and 2 are under control)

Sidewalks bordering school property are the responsibility of the School District. 

Sidewalks on business and multi-family property are the responsibility of the business owner or strata. 

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How Crews Clear Roads

Based on climate conditions and duration of snowstorms these are the phases of action taken by City crews on roadways:

  • Phase 1:  De-icing
    De-icing commences when the temperature reaches 1 degree Celsius.  De-icing takes place at 4 am to ensure that main thoroughfares and designated areas are safe to travel for the public in the early morning.
  • Phase 2Low Intensity Snowstorm (1 to 10 cm accumulation - 24 hour response time) 
    Plowing and salting for ice and snow on arterial, collector, bus routes and school zones with crews working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to maintain priority routes, then begin clearing side streets and local roads during normal working hours.
  • Phase 3Medium Intensity Snowstorm (10-30 cm accumulation - 48 hour response time)
    Plowing and salting for ice and snow on arterial, collector, bus routes and school zones with crews working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to maintain priority routes.  It may be necessary for crews to remain on main routes during the storm if conditions deteriorate.
  • Phase 4High Intensity Snowstorm (greater than 30 cm - 72 hour response)
    For high intensity storms, all available municipal snow clearing equipment will be dispatched.  Priority will be given to all arterial, collector, bus routes and school zones with crews working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to maintain priority routes.  It may be necessary for crews to remain on main routes during the storm if conditions deteriorate.
  • Phase 5Clean up
    Clearing of bus stop landing areas, intersections, designated crosswalks, catch basins.

Snow Clearing Routes

 Snow Removal Maps by Route:

Route 1 Route 2 Route 3      
     
Route 4      
     

Priority 1 – Routes 1 thru 6 in red, Priority 2 - Routes 1 thru 6 in green

Urban Brine Route

Rural Brine Route

Transit: know before you go!

Trying to manouever about the city and getting to where you need to go can be a challenging task during the winter months. Translink's Winter Conditions tips and alerts can make planning your commute seamless.  Check their website frequently for notice of service disruptions and/or delays.

If you have questions or require additional information, please call the City's Public Works department at 604.465.2434 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm).

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