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Public Works

Snow Removal

The MD of Foothills Public Works Department is responsible for the removal of snow on all MD roads.

Equipment available for these jobs includes:

  • 10 road graders equipped with snow-wings and V-plows
  • 7 high-way plow sander units
  • 2 smaller subdivision plow sander units
  • 3 tracked machines

The graders are used on gravel surfaces, the trucks are used on asphalt / oiled surfaces and the tracked machines are available for isolated drifting.

Priorities

The MD is responsible for approximately 1400 kilometers of graveled local roads and 850 kilometers of asphalt / oiled surfaced roads. To adequately maintain this significant road network a priority system has been developed for both major and minor snowfalls that quickly provides service to the greatest number of motorists.

Snowplowing a Major Roadway

a) MAJOR SNOWFALL

During a major snowfall event the following order of priority for snow removal is
used:

  • Arterial Roads
  • Collector Roads
  • Local and Subdivision Roads
  • Community Halls, Church Parking Lots

During an intense or heavy snowstorm, where there is an urgency to clear the main
roads quickly, the snowplow operator may leave a "ridge" in front of some approach
roads. Though avoided if at all possible this is occasionally a part of winter life.

The ridges could be minimized if residents would ensure any snow piled on their
approaches as a result of their own driveway clearing operations is placed on
the right hand side of the approach as they are exiting their property.

In most circumstances the entire road system can be completed in three days; however
the type, depth and intensity of a snowstorm can alter this goal. Snow ridges greater
than 250mm or 10 inches will be removed after the road system is completed.


b) MINOR SNOWFALL

If snowfall amounts do not seriously hinder motorists another strategy has been
adopted for snow removal.

  • Critical Areas or Roads requiring special attention (Drifting, Schools)
  • Regular Route as assigned
  • Community Halls, Church Parking Lots

It is important to note that with each minor snowfall occurrence the grader
operator attempts to vary the commencement point of the route to equalize
service to all ratepayers on the route.

c) PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS

The MD of Foothills is not involved with snow plowing of private driveways. There are
numerous private contractors who can be contacted regarding private driveway
maintenance.

REMEMBER: WINTER CONDITIONS REQUIRE SAFE WINTER DRIVING PRACTICES
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROAD CONDITIONS

Snow Removal Policy