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City Of Windsor Plowing And Salting Update

Thursday February 17th, 2022, 2:52pm


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City of Windsor Public Works crews and contractors are on the road responding to today’s mixed weather conditions. This morning, crews worked to open up catch basins across the city to deal with the rainfall we received. As temperatures begin to fall this afternoon, rain will change to sleet and then snow with possible accumulation of up to 30 centimetres.

Clearing of Roads

As rain turns to snow, City of Windsor Public Works and contractors will be responding by applying de-icing materials to the major thoroughfares. Plowing begins once the snowfall accumulation reaches five centimetres.

Once the main roads are clear, and only if more than ten centimetres of snow has fallen, trucks will then move into residential areas. They City says the clearing of residential streets can be impacted by parked vehicles on roadways. These vehicles can significantly impede the clearing of residential roads in a timely manner, so if possible, you’re asked to remove your car from the roadway.

Clearing of Sidewalks

The City is reminding residents and property owners that clearing of sidewalks abutting their property is their responsibility. The forecast is predicting significant precipitation, so the recommendation is to shovel as often as you are able. If possible, they say attempt to clear snow deposited at the end of your driveway as soon as you can, as plows may be making several passes during this storm. They say please be sure to remove snow completely from your sidewalk to ensure that people with mobility limitations or assistive devices are able to pass through freely.

As well, under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor by-laws, it is prohibited to shovel snow back onto the street while clearing sidewalks and driveways, as this creates unsafe road conditions for motorists. All sidewalks are to be cleared within four hours after the snowfall ends in commercial areas and within twelve hours in residential areas.

Windsor Fire and Rescue Services asks residents to help them help you by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow. In the event of a fire, it will be faster for fire crews to gain access to the hydrant if needed. Residents are also reminded to keep all home exhaust vents clear of ice and snow to ensure proper home ventilation.

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