Winter Weather Guidelines
We don’t get snow often in Pitt Meadows, but when we do, it can cause inconveniences and hazards. Working together, both the City and residents can help keep our community clear of snow and ice.
The City’s Operations department is responsible for maintaining approximately 114km of asphalt roadways, and snow is cleared from these roadways based on a priority system. The City only treats or plows snow on side streets or local roads once all main routes are clear, and 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.
In order to keep city streets clear and safe of hazards, please remember to clear sidewalks, stairs, ramps and footpaths bordering your property as soon as possible after a snowfall.
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.
Snow Removal from Streets
The Public Works Crew removes snow from all major and collector routes on a priority basis. Once completed, it is removed from residential subdivision roads as time permits.
The priority system for snow removal is as follows:
- Secondary Highways and Main Roads
- Emergency Roadways and School Roads
- Collector Roads
- Residential Streets
The City only treats or plows snow on side streets or local roads once main routes are at an acceptable standard, and only done during normal working hours. Depending on conditions 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.
Based on climate conditions and duration of snowstorms:
- 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 2: Low 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 3: Medium 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 4: High 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 5: Clean up
Clearing of bus stop landing areas, intersections, designated crosswalks, catch basins.
To assist municipal crews during snow clearing, residents are requested to move all vehicles off public roadways when possible.
While we recognize that snow pushed across your driveway is at times inconvenient, it is the only way the snow plow can clear the street. To reduce this problem, it is better to 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.
For some residents, particularly seniors and persons with disabilities, shovelling snow can be a difficult and even dangerous task. Your efforts in assisting your neighbour will help create a safer community for everyone and will aid others in meeting their responsibility to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks within the requested time frame.
Standards of Maintenance
All levels of service are contingent on available resources including, but not limited to, availability of equipment, manpower, supplies, and budget.
Snow and Ice on Your Street
Snowplows only move snow off the roadway, 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, snow on side and residential streets may freeze. 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 truck not able to access your bins, contact Waste Management at 604.778.5700.
Snow Removal Maps by Route:
|Route 1||Route 2||Route 3||Route 4||Route 5||Route 6|
Priority 1 – Routes 1 thru 6 in red, Priority 2 - Routes 1 thru 6 in green
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 604.465.2434 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm).