WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A STORM
Winter in Atlantic Canada can be challenging. Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect DURING a storm.
WHEN DOES PLOWING BEGIN?
Plowing begins when snow cover on primary roads reaches between 3 to 4 inches. The remainder of plows are brought in near the completion of the storm. If snowfall is significant (in excess of 4 inches), plowing may begin on secondary streets prior to the end of a storm to permit emergency access. Supervisors are in communication with emergency officials during a storm and will assist in response to calls if requested/required to do so.
DOES SERVICE CHANGE BASED ON THE TIME OR DAY?
The Town of Bridgewater’s crews provide the same level of service during and after a winter storm regardless of the time of day or day of the week.
WHY SALT BEFORE A STORM?
Salt is typically applied to road surfaces just prior to or at the beginning of a winter storm to create a barrier between the road and the snow accumulation. This helps our crews remove snow and ice with plows later. Without the application of salt, snow and ice will more readily pack to the road and removing it from the surface can become much more challenging. A typical salt run of the entire town takes 2 to 3 hours.
HOW DO I GET INFORMATION?
Listen to local radio and follow Bridgewater Traffic (@BWtraffic) or the Bridgewater Police Service (@policenews) on Twitter in order to get updates on road and weather conditions during and after a winter storm.
Take winter weather seriously and adjust your plans accordingly. Stay off the road during a storm unless travel is absolutely necessary ̶ keeping our roads clear of traffic and parked cars helps the snow removal process.
High winds, flooding, storm surges, and icy conditions can make driving dangerous and cause power outages for three days or more. The Regional Emergency Management Organization recommends having enough supplies to comfortably stay in your home for three to four days without needing to go out, even if the power is off. You’ll want to think about having batteries, flashlights, drinking water, and food on hand. Visit emergencymeasures.ca for a complete checklist.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A STORM
Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect AFTER a storm.
The First 12 Hours After
Public Works crews begin clearing, starting with main arteries and hills in Bridgewater. Our job is to ensure that emergency vehicles have basic access to every area of our community.
From 12 to 24 Hours After
Crews work on sidewalk maintenance, starting first near Bridgewater’s school zones. We also “wing back” snow or ice cover on streets and begin removal of snow from parking spaces in the downtown, allowing our local businesses to resume normal operation as soon as possible.
From 24 to 48 Hours After and Beyond
Sidewalk maintenance and winging back of snow cover on streets continues during this period.
PARKING AND CLEARING DURING A STORM
Under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person shall park or leave standing a vehicle, attended or unattended, on a street which obstructs winter maintenance during or after a snow storm. Such vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Also, under Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act, snow cannot be plowed across any streets or onto sidewalks. Snow shall be stored on the property being cleared or hauled away and dumped in an approved location.
BE SMART AND SAFE
During bad weather, heed the advice of the Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP on the radio and online. If you can stay off the roads, please do so.
PLOW IT FORWARD
The Town of Bridgewater is a supporter of the Plow It Forward campaign, which encourages neighbours to help each other, particularly the elderly or those with physical challenges, to clear snow and ice after a storm. You can also do your part by adopting a neighbourhood hydrant.