Winter Control Activities

Winter Control Activities - January 21, 2019

As of 4 a.m.:

- Five large trucks, three front-end loaders, and one backhoe were deployed to plow all primary and secondary roads due to overnight drifting. Crews will continue to plow until all the roads have been completed.

- Once plow operations completed crews will begin sanding roads.

- A three-person crew was also deployed addressing all City-owned facilities.

As of 8 a.m.:

- Hand crews will be clearing the curb ramps at intersections in our downtown core, then proceeding to clear windrows around parking stalls to provide access to sidewalks.

- Our water/waste water crew will also be clearing any fire hydrants restricted from windrows.

- Two sidewalk-clearing tractors will be clearing sidewalks adjacent to City-owned properties, as well as crossing guard crossways.

Winter Control Activites - January 20, 2019

Snow update 6 (4:23 p.m.) - All routes in the city have been plowed at least twice, some three times. One loader and one sander will be operational throughout the evening for spot plowing and sanding of all primary roads. A full crew is scheduled to deploy at 4 a.m. for another full plow of primary roads, followed by sanders. At 5 a.m. a second crew will be clearing and sanding all municipal parking lots and sidewalks.

In preparation for another full plow, residents are reminded not to park vehicles on roadways during winter control activities. If your vehicle is parked illegally you will be issued a $75 ticket along with a purple tow notice.

Snow update 5 (12:24 p.m.) - Crews have responded to all primary and secondary roads in the city. Many of our primary roads and all country roads have been plowed twice and crews are now responding to roadways experiencing drifting or where snow needs to be pushed back.

Snow update 4 (7:45 a.m.) - Crews began a full snow plow operation just after 2 a.m. 5 plow trucks, 3 loaders and 2 backhoes have been deployed servicing roadways and city parking lots. Crews began working on primary routes before moving to secondary routes.

Residents are reminded not to park vehicles on roadways during winter control activities. If your vehicle is parked illegally you will be issued a $75 ticket along with a purple tow notice.

Some SnowPORTant Shovelling reminders:

- Driveway snow removal: When shoveling your driveway it is suggested you pile the snow on the right side of your driveway when facing the road, if possible. This helps reduce the amount of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway. Snowplows have no place to push the snow except to the curb or shoulder of the road. Sometimes this happens just after you have finished shoveling. City staff appreciate that this can be frustrating, however; we ask your cooperation in clearing the snow without placing it on the roadway. It is illegal to push snow from your property onto the street (Highway Traffic Act R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, section 181).

- If there is a fire hydrant near your house, do your part to keep it clear.

- Sidewalk snow removal: In Port Colborne, every Owner or Occupant of a building is responsible for clearing the sidewalks of all snow and ice abutting their property within 24 hours of the completion of a snow event. This allows the safe passage of all pedestrians. If you are renting a property, please make necessary arrangements with your Landlord regarding snow removal. Those who do not comply may face fines or have the snow and ice removed at the owner’s expense. To register a complaint, email bylawenforcement@portcolborne.ca with the address of the complaint area and type of complaint. Generalized complaints, including reference to an entire block, cannot be filed.

Winter Control Activites - January 19, 2019 

Snow update 3 (3:30 p.m.) Crews have transitioned from sanding primary roads to one loader plowing primary roads in the city and two trucks plowing country roads. Road conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the night and responded to accordingly.

Residents are reminded not to park vehicles on roadways during winter control activities. If your vehicle is parked illegally you will be issued a $75 ticket along with a purple tow notice.

Snow update 2 (12:45 p.m) - Truck 23 starting to do secondary roads south of Killaly St W and truck 26 is finishing the secondary roads in the country. Once completed the truck will be starting on the east side of the city. 

Snow update #1: Operations staff have deployed two sanders focusing on priority areas and main roadways, in addition to our facilities that are open, like the Vale Health & Wellness Centre.

Winter Control Activities – January 18, 2019

Have you heard? Port Colborne is under a winter storm warning. Our roads staff and equipment are ready, are you?
A reminder about some SnowPORTant Information. 

SnowPORTant Information

Residents are reminded that during winter weather conditions, pushing or blowing snow and ice onto or across public roadways creates an unsafe situation for drivers. Residents can assist in the efficiency of the operation by not parking vehicles on roadways during winter control activities

Section 181, Highway Traffic Act - "No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road"

If you notice poor or dangerous street conditions, please forward this to our staff at the City Works Yard at (905) 835-5079 and your concerns will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Your Cooperation is greatly appreciated.