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The snow removal operations have a main goal: promote mobility during wintertime everywhere on the Ville de Montréal territory. Here are a series of information capsules to learn more about these operations and the best behavior to adopt during the operations.

 

What are the good habits that citizens should adopt during the operations ?

Find out the best habits to adopt in order to help ensure that the operations are carried out smoothly in a series of animated capsules posted on the Borough's Facebook pageThey're also accessible on the Ville de Montreal's YouTube channel.

You can watch the animated capsule by clicking on the images below.

Animated capsule 1 Animated capsule 2   
Animated capsule 3 Animated capsule 4

 

Did you know? 

Did you know that snow removal operations are regulated by a snow removal policy?

Capsule 1: The Policy

 

 

In actual fact, Montréal's City Council adopted a snow removal policy in 2015 in order to standardize performance and ensure consistency in snow removal practices on its territory. Under this policy, snow loading operations in the 19 boroughs get under way at the same time, from now on. In addition, the policy specifies the standards on snow clearance, spreading abrasives and snow loading.

 

Did you know that during snow removal operations, the 248 km of roads and the 104 km of sidewalks in the Borough are categorized according to three levels of priority?

Capsule 2 : Three Levels of Priority

 

         Priority 1 (27 km)
 

Major streets, major commercial streets, bus routes, reserved lanes, narrow streets, etc. (i.e. de Pierrefonds, Saint-Jean, des Sources)

  Priority 2 (20 km)
 

Collector streets, local commercial streets, regular bus routes, etc. (i.e. Pavillon, Sainte-Anne, Perron)

  Priority 3 (214 km)
  Local streets, industrial sectors, etc. (i.e. Baldwin, Hélène, Dauville)

 

Did you know that there are 3 steps involved in snow removal operations ?

Capsule 3 : Three Steps in Snow Removal operations

 

Snowplowing

Snowplowing comes first and consists of clearing all the snow covering the roads and sidewalks, by piling it onto the sides, forming snowbanks in this way, so as to free up as much space as possible for vehicles and pedestrians to use.

 

Spreading

Next is spreading ice melters, abrasives or a combination of both, not only on roads but on sidewalks as well.

 

Snow Loading

And lastly, snow loading, which consists of removing the snow on those streets that have sidewalks, by snowblowing it onto trucks and transporting it to a snow disposal site.

Do you know the standards and timelines for snow removal operations on priority 1 streets?

Capsule 4 : Standards and Timelines For Snow Removal Operations on Priority 1 Streets

 

Priority 1 (27 km)

Major streets, major commercial streets, bus routes, reserved lanes, narrow streets, etc. (i.e. de Pierrefonds, Saint-Jean, des Sources)

 

Snow clearance

 

 Spreading abrasives

 

Snow loading (streets where there are sidewalks)

For sidewalks

Once 2,5 cm has accumulated on the ground;

Between 2,5 and 5 cm on the ground, with simultaneous abrasive spreading

 

 

Based on visual inspections of crews on site;

The operation must be completed within a maximum time limit of 4 hours

 

 

Since the snow is piled up in the proper place along the roadway, it is removed at the same time as the snow on the roadway

 

For roadways

Once 2,5 cm has accumulated on the ground

 

Within 3 hours maximum,
if less than 2.5 cm;

From the start of the operations, if more than 2.5 cm

 

Within 36 hours maximum

 

Do you know the standards and timelines for snow removal operations on priority 2 streets?

Capsule 5 : Standards and Timelines For Snow Removal Operations on Priority 2 Streets

 

Priority 2 (20 km)

Collector streets, local commercial streets, regular bus routes, etc. (i.e. Pavillon, Sainte-Anne, Perron)

 

Snow clearance

 

 Spreading abrasives

 

Snow loading (streets where there are sidewalks)

For sidewalks

Once 2,5 cm has accumulated on the ground;

Between 2,5 and 5 cm on the ground, with simultaneous abrasive spreading

 

 

Based on visual inspections of crews on site;

The operation must be completed within a maximum time limit of 4 hours

 

 

Since the snow is piled up in the proper place along the roadway, it is removed at the same time as the snow on the roadway

 

For roadways

Once 2,5 cm has accumulated on the ground

 

Within 3 hours maximum,
if less than 2.5 cm;

From the start of the operations, if more than 2.5 cm

 

36-96 hours maximum (snowfall of 20 cm on the ground or less)

 

Do you know the standards and timelines for snow removal operations on priority 3 streets?

Capsule 6 : Standards and Timelines For Snow Removal Operations on Priority 3 Streets

 

Priority 3 (214 km)

Local streets, industrial sectors, etc. (i.e. Baldwin, Hélène, Dauville)

 

Snow clearance

 

 Spreading abrasives

 

Snow loading (streets where there are sidewalks)

For sidewalks

Once 2,5 cm has accumulated on the ground;

Between 2,5 and 5 cm on the ground, with simultaneous abrasive spreading

 

 

Based on visual inspections of crews on site;

The operation must be completed within a maximum time limit of 8 hours.

 

 

Since the snow is piled up in the proper place along the roadway, it is removed at the same time as the snow on the roadway

 

For roadways

Once 5 cm has accumulated on the ground

 

Based on visual inspections of crews on site;

No time limit

 

36-96 hours maximum (snowfall of 20 cm on the ground or less)

 

Here is a reminder of the snow removal clearance standards and timelines according to the levels of priority  

Capsule 7 : Reminder of the Standards and Timelines

 

 

Did you know that ice melters and abrasives are used in the spreading step of the snow removal operation?

Capsule 8 : Ice melters and abrasives

 

Ice melters are materials which, in dissolving or mixing with water, lower the freezing point. The ice melter most commonly used is salt. It is best used on roads and at a temperature ranging from 0 to -15o Celsius. When the temperature drops below -15o Celsius, ice melters are combined with abrasives, in order to ensure greater traction so that vehicles hold the road better.

Abrasives are materials which, when spread on snow-covered or icy surfaces, increase ground grip and make it easier for pedestrians and vehicles to go from place to place safely. Finely crushed stone and sand are the most common abrasives and are best used on sidewalks , where they give pedestrians a better grip underfoot.

 

 

 

Help us by adopting good habits during snow removal operations

Legal obligation
Parking on the street is illegal during snowfalls. Failure to comply with this regulation is considered an offence liable to a minimum $40 fine. Please note that this no-parking obligation does not apply to streets where alternative parking is allowed.

Night parking regulation
It is illegal to park on the street between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., from November 1 to April 1.

Unloading or throwing snow onto the street
Unloading or throwing snow into the street is prohibited in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. This goes also for the snow removal contractor you hire. Remember that you are responsible for the work done by him.

Learn more about snow removal operations

Consult the Ville de Montréal's Snow Removal Policy (in French)

 

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