For Immediate Release
Snow Clearing operators are often out clearing snow in unfavorable weather conditions in order to make the roadways as safe as possible for residents. The City of Corner Brook Infrastructure and Public Works Department would like to remind residents of the safety regulations for Winter Operations:
The City of Corner Brook maintains the following equipment to clear snow from the roads:
- 9 snow plows
- 6 sanders (3 large 3 small)
- 1 anti-icing, truck and de-icing machine
- 2 sidewalk plows-blowers
- 3 loader mounted snow blowers
The City of Corner Brook Public Works Division is committed to keeping all roads within the city safe and navigable before, during, and after every winter snow event. All winter snow events are different and ideal pavement conditions (black top) cannot always be achieved during the winter months.
The City’s streets and roads are divided into 7 main zones, a small road route and city parking areas. Each zone is covered by 1 or 2 plows depending on their size and complexity. Contractors are engaged to expedite the time needed to finish plowing certain routes. Under normal conditions it takes approximately 12 hours to completely plow each route. During heavy snow events the primary streets may have to be plowed more frequently, thereby extending the time to complete the secondary and residential roads.
Sanding and Salting
The City of Corner Brook believes in using the right amount of product (salt and/or sand) in the right place and at the right time. All sanding trucks are equipped with automatic controls that spread a desired amount of salt and/or salt depending on road conditions.
City Snow Blowers
Snow blowers are used to widen the streets when the plows can no longer push back the snow, and when weather allows. The snow blowers start on the main roads and school zones first and then move to the side streets.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
No Overnight Parking
City of Corner Brook traffic regulations-Overnight parking on City streets is not permitted from December 1st to April 15th from the hours of 1am-8am to facilitate snow clearing operations. Vehicles violating this traffic regulation will be ticketed and/or removed.
Clear the Way
Ensure all structures and vehicles are a minimum 20 feet from the center of the road.
Snow Marker Safety – Only Plastic or Wooden
If you are installing markers, only plastic or wooden markers are permitted. Please place them in an area that will not impact snow clearing operations as the City is not responsible for markers that are knocked down or damaged by City snow clearing equipment. If steel markers are installed they will be removed and placed on the homeowners’ property by City staff.
Don’t Move Snow into the Street
Well-being: please do not deposit snow on any City street or sidewalk. This may cause injury (slips trips, and falls) or property damage.
Please Clear Your Sidewalks
We need your cooperation to keep your sidewalks safe and passable for all.
Keep Fire Hydrant Areas Clear
Keep your home safe from winter fire hazards by ensuring your fire hydrants are clear and readily accessible in an emergency.
Watch out for Snow Clearing Equipment
Respect City snow clearing equipment and obey the “keep back” signs. Snow clearing equipment makes frequent stops and often has to back up in traffic which can be dangerous, difficult and time consuming when vehicles are too close to the equipment.
KEEP WELL BACK from snow clearing equipment The recommended distance is a minimum of 15 metres (approximately 3 car lengths).
Keep Your Family Safe
Stay Back, Stay Safe Snow Clearing Equipment does not have the same visibility. Please keep your family away from the snow removal areas and prevent children from constructing tunnels or snow forts near City streets. These are very dangerous for children as they may not be visible during snow clearing operations.
Did you know?
- Corner Brook receives an average snowfall equivalent to 16 feet (4.87 metres) each winter. Snow usually falls daily instead of large snow storms.
- Depending on conditions, we spend approximately $1.5 million annually on snow removal.
- The City of Corner Brook uses an average of 3000 tonnes of sand and 2500-3000 tonnes of salt each winter to improve traction on the roadways of Corner Brook.
- There several pieces of heavy equipment utilized during a major snow clearing operation.
- Our dedicated, hard-working operators will do their best to keep the roadways clear and safe.
PDF: Winter Operations
Mayor Charles Pender