Snow Removal Information


WINTER IS HERE!


The winter season is now upon us, and the Township of Spallumcheen is asking residents to do their part in helping Township crews make the snow removal process more efficient.


You can help by ensuring that all vehicles, RV’s, boats, trailers and refuse cans are stored on your property and not on the side of the road; this keeps the boulevards clear, providing easy access for snow removal equipment.


As a reminder, under the Township of Spallumcheen’s Traffic Regulations Bylaw No. 1358, any vehicles, boats, trailers, RV’s or recreational vehicles that do not have a current valid licence should be stored on the owner’s property or at a storage facility.


The Township of Spallumcheen would like to thank you in advance for helping keep the snow removal process simple and safe.


SNOW REMOVAL PRIORITIES


The Public Works Crew follows Council’s policy on snow removal priorities.


For the purpose of ice control, snow plowing and snow removal operations; the entire road system is assigned to one of two priority classifications.


Emphasis of operations shall generally be in order of assigned road classification priority.


Sanding and/or de-icing of roads shall be undertaken in order to ensure a reasonable level of safety to motorists as local roads dictate. Ice control on sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owners as per the Township of Spallumcheen Highway and Traffic Regulation Amendment Bylaw 1787, 2010.


Emphasis for plowing operations shall be placed on ensuring there are no blocked roadways in the Township during a minor or major snowstorm and that arterial roads within the Township are returned to as close to bare pavement state as soon as possible after a minor or major storm.  


  Priority Road Map


  • Roads in green indicate Priority 1 roads
  • Roads in red indicate Priority 2 roads   

FAQs


Why does the snow plow leave a windrow in my driveway?


The plow operator must plow snow to the curb or right hand side of the road, and has limited control over the amount and direction that comes off the blade. The plow blade is at a set position, and does not have the ability to swivel around driveways and crown of the road. When clearing your driveway, try to pile the snow on the right side (standing in your driveway and looking towards the street). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed onto your driveway when a snow plow passes.

Can the snow plow operator lift the blade at every driveway?


In order for our snow plow operators to provide the most efficient and cost-effective snow removal, continuous movement is required. With hundreds of driveways in the Township, it is not practical or cost efficient for plow operators to lift their blades at every driveway. Since our main goal is to safely open roads as soon as possible, lifting the blade at each driveway would slow down the snow removal operation significantly and would leave snow in the road that may in turn be a hazard to motorists.

Can the snow plow trucks plow all the snow to the other side of the street where there are no sidewalks or driveways?

The snow plows are designed to plow snow to the right hand side of the road. In order to plow all the snow to one side, the equipment would have to drive on the wrong side of the road creating an unsafe traffic situation and this would take more time which means the streets not serviced yet would have to wait longer. It is not an effective cost method based on the current level of service the Township of Spallumcheen provides.

Can I place the snow from my driveway or parking area onto the traveled portion of the street?

Residents are encouraged to avoid pushing or blowing snow from their sidewalk or driveway into the street because it is potentially creating a dangerous situation for motorists.


Placing the snow back onto the roadway after a plow truck has gone by creates issues for our snow removal crews. The plow will need to make an additional run down your street to clean it up which increases the Township’s costs with additional staff time, fuel and equipment wear and tear, not to mention delays in getting to other areas of the Township that also need to be plowed.

When will our street be plowed?


After a snowfall the streets are prioritized based on our snow removal Policy No. 5000.001, which outlines the priority areas. Within the standard, the Priority 1 streets include such streets as main arteries, collector roads, bus routes, hill areas and streets leading to schools and public buildings, and emergency services. Once Priority 1 is complete, then the Township will clear Priority 2 streets.


In such circumstances, some residential streets may not see a plow for an extended period. These situations are the exception and we ask for your patience.

To view a copy of the Snow and Ice Control Policy adopted by Council, please visit our website at www.spallumcheentwp.bc.ca.

Can the City’s snow plow operator plow my driveway?

The Township of Spallumcheen does not perform work on private property.

What about my garbage cans on pick-up day?


In order for our snow plow operators to provide the most efficient snow removal, the operator will make a “first pass” and make every attempt to respect the refuse cans during scheduled pick-up days. A “second pass” or widening will be necessary, therefore it is advisable for the homeowner to return the refuse can back onto their property as soon as possible.

Clearing snow is the responsibility of the Township of Spallumcheen Public Works Department and the community; help keep the community safe this winter! Here’s how you can help:

  • The Township will ensure that all roads are passable as soon as possible. This is our number one priority.

  • Park your vehicles in your driveway as opposed to the street.

  • Remain a safe distance from the rear of a plow truck so the driver can see you.

  • Please avoid passing or driving beside plow trucks.

  • Please avoid placing snow from your driveway back into the street. Less snow will be pushed into your driveway by passing plow trucks.