Why Isn’t My Street Ploughed?

Wednesday January 12th, 2011

Posted at 4:22pm


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In light of the recent snowfall, I wanted to pass along some information about how the city deals with snow accumulation. This information is available on the city’s website.

Main Routes

  • Main routes are salted and/or ploughed once snow begins to fall and accumulate.
  • There are currently 21 main salter/plough routes consisting of roads classified as Expressway, Arterial, and Collector as defined by the City of Windsor Official Plan. These routes also include fire/hospital emergency routes and Transit Windsor bus routes.
  • If accumulation exceeds 10 centimetres (4 inches) during a snowfall, salting may cease temporarily and ploughing be utilized, as appropriate for the conditions.
  • Also, if the temperature is below -12°C (10°F) during a snowfall, salt begins to lose its effectiveness and depending upon the snow accumulation salting may cease temporarily and ploughing be utilized, as appropriate for the conditions.
  • The average cost for Winter Control on main routes during the normal workday is $12,000 per hour.

Local/Residential Streets

  • Streets are salted and/or ploughed in the vicinity of schools during the normal workday once main routes have been cleared.
  • Intersections are salted and/or ploughed when conditions warrant. (Average time/cost for all intersections: 8 hours – $96,000).
  • Residential streets are ploughed when accumulation exceeds 10 centimetres (4 inches), once main routes have been cleared. (Average time/cost all streets: 24 hours – $300,000).


  • Snow is cleared during the normal workday from overpasses and underpasses and from intersection corners in all business areas by available employees.


  • Service levels may be amended, as conditions require.
  • Removal of major accumulations of snow along curbs in the business areas may be considered, as conditions require.
  • Inquiries regarding the enforcement of the snow clearing by-law on City sidewalks, are handled by By-law Enforcement Officers, Corporate Services. Visit By-laws Online for access to the Snow Removal By-law #8544.

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