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Winter Maintenance

Winter Control

The Township of Springwater is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 428 kilometres of roads. The level of service these roads receive is a balance of expectation and cost, however streets must be patrolled and maintained according to the Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS) set out by Municipal Act Regulation 239/02. The degree of winter maintenance efforts required upon a road is determined through a combination of traffic volume and speed.

Below is a description of Minimum Maintenance Standards for plowing, salting and sanding of Township roadways:

MMS Road Classification

Plowing Begins

Salting/Sanding Begins

MMS 1

When snow/slush reaches 2.5 cm, within 4 hours of becoming aware of accumulation

Within 3 hours of becoming aware of icy conditions

MMS 2

When snow/slush reaches a depth of 5 cm, within 6 hours of becoming aware of accumulation

Within 4 hours of becoming aware of icy conditions

MMS 3

When snow/slush reaches a depth of 8 cm, within 12 hours of becoming aware of accumulation

Within 8 hours of becoming aware of icy conditions

MMS 4

When snow/slush reaches a depth of 10 cm, within 16 hours of becoming aware of accumulation

Within 12 hours of becoming aware of icy conditions

MMS 5 & 6

When snow/slush reaches a depth of 10 cm, within 24 hours of becoming aware of accumulation

Within 16 hours of becoming aware of icy conditions


Salting and Sanding

The Township of Springwater uses a variety of application methods to ensure our roads are kept safe and meet the Minimum Maintenance Standards set out by the Municipal Act, including sand/salt mix and salt brine. Prior to a winter storm event, staff will monitor weather and patrol roads to determine appropriate action. In accordance with the MMS, if there is a substantial probability that ice will form, resources are deployed to pre-treat roadways with sand or brine to prevent snow from sticking or ice from forming. 

The MMS was recently updated to require more attention to preventing ice from forming on roads.  Because of this, more sand is being applied to roads than has been experienced in the past.  An unfortunate consequence of this is that more sand ends up on the roadway and on lawns than ever before. 

Windrows

As plows work to clear the street, most of the snow is pushed along the roadway, however some snow may end up in the entrance to your driveway, causing a windrow. It is the responsibility of the property owner to clear the snow left behind by the plow. Please be advised that Section 170 (15) of the Highway Traffic Act, prohibits the depositing of snow or ice onto or across the roadway.

Spring Street Sweeping

Spring street sweeping commences when the weather permits. The program takes approximately 200 hours to complete, and typically runs from early April to June.

Sand that is raked up onto the shoulder areas of piled beside driveways will be picked up with the loader as time permits.

Below is an approximation of the 2017 Spring Street Sweeping Program schedule:

 Elmvale   April 3 to April 20 
 Hillsdale    April 21 to April 25
 Midhurst    April 26 to May 10
 Snow Valley & Anten Mills   May 11 to May 16
 Phelpston     May 17 to May 23
 Minesing    May 24 to May 25
 Grenfel     May 26 to May 29
 Perimeter Roads and Rural Areas    April 3 to June 2

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

 

Resident’s Responsibilities

Winter Parking

To aid in the snow removal operations, the Township Traffic and Parking By-Law No. 2005-018 prohibits the parking of vehicles on all Township roads and municipal parking lots between the hours of 2:00am to 7:00am from November 1st to March 31st. Vehicles parking in these areas can be ticketed and/or towed.

Clear the Way

Please remove items such as bins, basketball nets and planters from the end of your driveway and do not place steel stakes at the edge of the road to ensure the way is clear for snow plough operators.

Snow Removal

Please do not move or blow snow onto or across the road in accordance with Section 170 (15) of the Highway Traffic Act. or into ditches or onto neighbouring properties

Mailboxes

Rural property owners are reminded that Canada Post has guidelines for the installation of mail boxes to avoid damage as a result of snow removal operations. For more information, contact your local postal outlet.

 


 

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