Media Advisory: Snow Clearing Update

City of Corner Brook
Media Advisory

The Government of Canada issued a snowfall warning at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Visibility will be reduced and snow is expected to quickly accumulate.

The City of Corner Brook Public Works Department operations began at 6:00 a.m. and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.

All available equipment is currently in operation and contractors will be assisting as required.

During this snow event we ask the general public to stay a safe distance from snow clearing equipment. Visibility is expected to be a safety hazard within the next 24-48 hours.  All safety protocols and procedures will be in place to ensure the residents and City snow clearing operations are safe during this snow event.

Currently all main roads are passable, but due to the snow and temperature, roads are very slippery in areas. Public Works asks all residents to reduce their speeds, please be patient, and to Think Safety during this snow event.

Our snow clearing procedure will concentrate on emergency routes, and main and collector streets. The residential and small roads will follow pending the condition of the emergency routes, mains and collectors roads. During continuous snowfall, operators often have to plow the main roads more frequently, thus delaying the plowing of secondary and side roads.

Snow Clearing Information:

  • Snow clearing operations proceeds pending on safety and weather conditions.
  • Each snow clearing route takes approximately 12 hours to cover completely, starting when the snowfall ends.
  • Residents are reminded if possible, to stay off the streets and roads while we are snow clearing.  This has a major effect on our ability to plow the roads efficiently and in a safe manner.
  • The winter parking restrictions are in effect.  On-street parking during any snow event delays our ability to efficiently plow our streets and is a safety concern for our operators and general public.

Alerts for: Corner Brook and vicinity: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl14

Background Information: City of Corner Brook Winter Operations http://www.cornerbrook.com/2017/12/city-corner-brook-winter-operations-2/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Bonita Decaire
Information Officer | City of Corner Brook
709-637-1662 | bdecaire@cornerbrook.com


Snow Clearing Plan:

The City’s streets and roads are divided into 7 main zones and 4 priorities. Priorities are established to provide the greatest assistance to the majority of the traveling public.

Criteria for setting priorities:

  1. Emergency/Priority routes
  2. Major routes and School Bus routes

iii. Traffic Volume

  1. Road classification
  2. Special conditions (Roadway Geometry and Terrain; Drift Exposure; Drainage; etc.)

Priority One: Emergency/Priority routes.

All efforts will stay on Priority one routes until it has stopped snowing and/or they are cleared.

Priority Two: Streets

  • The snow equipment starts on the main roads and school zones first and then move to the side streets. Each zone is covered by 1 or 2 plows depending on their size and complexity.
  • Under normal conditions it takes approximately 12 hours to plow each route after the snow has stopped falling.
  • 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.
  • Priority is given to streets based on traffic volume although some streets in industrial areas are exceptions to the traffic volume standard.
  • Priority is given to traffic light intersections.

Priority Three includes all other Local Roads, including snow clearing and/or sanding of all bus areas.

Priority Four: After the roads are plowed then we turn attention to sidewalks.

An ongoing assessments of City’s sidewalks may result in some sidewalks being given a lower or higher priority for the purposes of snow and ice removal.

Jan 3, 2018 @ 11:38