Road Maintenance/Winter Operations

Roads

The Public Works Division is responsible for maintenance of all city streets and sidewalks.  With almost 140 kilometers (86 miles) of streets, this is quite a task involving a dedicated and professional workforce.  The wide ranges of duties include:

  • Pavement Markings
  • Signage
  • Snow Clearing
  • Street Sweeping
  • Curb and Sidewalk Repair
  • Asphalt Patching
  • Catch Basin Cleanout
  • Storm Water Management

Summer

The renewal of summer greenery brings the renewal of the yearly capital works program which means roads are under construction.

If there are any road closures, or other notices, they will be posted here.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to check our notices page. Motorists should use alternate routes where available. If you must travel through work zones, please respect public and worker safety by obeying signage and driving to reduced speed limits.

In addition to a comprehensive capital improvement program, the Public Works Division is busy cleaning streets and storm sewers after the winter thaw.  This process involves the removal of built up winter sand and debris left in right of ways and catch basins every year.

Winter

According to Environment Canada, Corner Brook has an annual snowfall of about 15 feet (450 cm), making it one of the snowiest cities in Canada.  This means there’s a good chance a snow plow is operating in your area. Exercise caution when work crews are clearing city streets. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Watch your kids – playing in roadway snow banks can be dangerous.
  2. Try not to park on the street – mind the by-law!
  3. Don’t push snow into the streets.
  4. Help keep neighbourhood fire hydrants clear.
  5. Make sure boundary markers comply with regulations.
  6. Drive to the conditions – SNOW MEANS SLOW!

To clear snow as quickly as possible, we have plows operating on seven different snow routes.  Priority areas such as arterial roads and bus routes are cleared first and residential side streets are completed in turn.

For more snow clearing facts and how you can help, please click here.

For snow clearing FAQ’s, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments regarding snow clearing, or any other Public Works tasks, please feel free to call our Customer Service Line at 709-637-1666 or email city.hall@cornerbook.com.

As always, please check local forecasts to know what you can expect to encounter when driving in and around the city. For Corner Brook weather conditions, visit http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/nl-41_metric_e.html.

For more in depth information on snow removal you can refer to the Street By-Law .