Snow Removal and Winter Parking Restrictions

Winter Control and Snow Removal

Update Wednesday, February 13 4:15 pm

The County of Prince Edward has ended the significant weather event declaration that was issued on Tuesday, February 12.

By declaring the end of the significant weather event, the municipality believes the weather has subsided enough to meet the winter maintenance objectives.

Crews continue to clear the roads and make them safe for travelling. Travellers should give snow plows lots of space as they clear the roads.

Even though the significant weather event has come to an end, travellers should still exercise caution and drive according to weather conditions. High winds will result in snow drifts along some County roads.

Road plowing priorities and service levels during normal conditions

Each road in the County is assigned a category based on traffic count and speed. Plowing and sanding routes for individual plows are designed to give priority to roads in order of level of service.

• Level 1 CENTRE BARE TO BARE ROADWAY (Approximately 1,000 vehicles or greater per day): This level of service requires that the accumulation of snow on the road surface will not normally be allowed to exceed 7 cm. in depth. Enriched sand and salt mixture may be used to obtain the desirable objective. The defined level of service is the objective to be reached within 24 hours after the end of the storm whenever possible under normal conditions.

• Level 2 CENTRE BARE ROADWAY (Approximately 500-1,000 vehicles per day): This level of service requires that the accumulation of snow on the road surface will not normally be allowed to exceed 7 cm. in depth. The use of enriched salt and sand mixture is to be limited in both quantity and frequency to that which is necessary to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the pavement, or to remove ice on the centre 2 meters of the road. The defined level of service is the objective to be reached within 24 hours after the end of the storm whenever possible under normal conditions.

• Level 3 SNOW PACKED ROADWAY (Approximately 500 vehicles or less per day): This level of service requires that the accumulation of snow on the road surface will not normally be allowed to exceed 9 cm. in depth. Trouble areas such as hills, corners, and intersections will receive special attention in regards to sanding. The defined level of service is the objective to be reached within 24 hours after the end of the storm whenever possible under normal conditions.

Sidewalk plowing priorities during normal conditions

The County of Prince Edward through the Roads Department and contractor strives to provide reasonable winter walking conditions on all sidewalks in the:

• Primary Urban Areas which includes Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, and Macaulay Village
• Secondary Semi-Urban Areas which includes Milford, Cherry Valley, and Consecon

A reasonably safe walking surface is the objective to be reached within 24 hours after the end of a storm for Primary Urban Areas and within 72 hours for Secondary Semi-Urban Areas, whenever possible under normal conditions. The use of sand and salt mixtures is to be limited to that which is necessary to create a reasonably safe walking surface.

Declaring a significant weather event

The County may declare a winter weather event significant after reviewing a regional alert from Environment Canada and determining that the weather in the County of Prince Edward warrants such a declaration. During a significant weather event, residents will be advised to use extra caution and will be reminded winter maintenance service levels for roads and sidewalks may not be met.

What makes a weather event significant?

Provincial legislation was updated in May 2018 to allow municipalities to declare a “significant weather event” when it is expected winter maintenance service levels for sidewalks and roads may not be met.

A significant weather event is defined as an approaching or occurring weather hazard with the potential to pose a significant danger to the users of highways and streets within a municipality. When it determines a weather hazard is expected, Environment Canada will issue alert under its Public Weather Alerting Program.

Winter Parking By-law

To ensure roads are cleared as efficiently as possible, an overnight parking ban is in effect on all Prince Edward County roads from December 1-March 31, from 2 am – 6 am, every year.

What can residents do to help?

• Remove parked cars, garbage and recycling bins from residential roads during a snowfall to allow snow plows to clear the street. An overnight parking ban is in effect on all Prince Edward County roads from December 1 – March 31, from 2 am – 6 am.

• Be a good neighbour by clearing sidewalks and walkways from snow and ice as soon as possible after a snowfall, and offering to help seniors and persons with disabilities who may need assistance.

• Drive according to weather conditions and giving snow plows lots of space as they clear the roads.

• Use salt wisely to minimize the impact of salt on the environment by following manufacturer instructions to only apply salt in the right amounts, under the right conditions.

For more information on winter control, please contact Customer Service at 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 or email info@pecounty.on.ca.