Winter Road Maintenance

Winter Operations

In the winter, Public Works staff are busy plowing and sanding the municipal roads.  There are a number of things that you can do in the winter to help us keep things running smoothly and efficiently. 
 

Snow on Roadways

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, it is illegal to shovel, blow or plow snow out onto or across a roadway. It’s also very dangerous and can cause oncoming vehicles to lose control. Please use caution when clearing your driveway and always be aware of the traffic around you.

Winter Parking

In order to facilitate the process of snow removal from roadways no person shall park any vehicle on any roadway under the jurisdiction of the Municipality at any time from November 15 of each year to April 15th of the following year.

Protect Your Mailbox

It’s your responsibility to keep the area around your mailbox clear of snow. Most times when mailboxes get damaged, it’s because plowed snow accumulates in front of it, causing increased weight and pressure against it over the course of the winter. If your mailbox has been damaged, please contact the Public Works Department so we can arrange an inspection and a course of action.

Driving

When approaching a plow, reduce speed, keep your headlights on low, and stay to the right.  If driving behind a plow, keep a safe distance and remember they may need to back up - If you can't see the mirrors, they can't see you!
 
Please see By-law 2018-32 for more information.
 
Please refer to the Ministry of Transportation website for information about winter safe driving. 

Contact Information

Nick Thomsom
Public Works Manager
Phone: 705-342-5252
E-mail: nthomson@mcdougall.ca