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No. Primary and secondary roads are plowed first to ensure that emergency service vehicles can gain access throughout the town. Residential streets are plowed only after snow accumulates in excess of 7.5 centimetres. When all streets require clearing, they are to be completed within 24 hours after the end of the storm; however, when we have a heavy snowfall, or successive winter events back to back, it may take longer to clear all the streets.
Primary roads are those with the highest speeds and greatest volume of traffic such as Trafalgar and Upper Middle Roads.
Secondary roads, such as Glenashton Drive and West Oaks Trails, are roads that have less traffic than primary roads, but also have bus routes and generally lead to primary roads.
Residential roads have much less traffic than primary or secondary roadways. Some seemingly residential roads are classified as secondary due to high traffic volumes, the presence of facilities such as schools, or due to hills and valleys.
Visit the snow clearing page to view the snow clearing road priority map to see all primary, secondary and residential roads.
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways. With over 55,000 driveways, it is not practical for plow operators to lift their blades at every driveway. The plow operator also has limited control over the amount and direction of snow that comes off the plow. 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. The town does not clear driveways.
No. Aside from Business Improvement Areas (Downtown, Kerr Street, Bronte), sidewalks are only plowed. Bare concrete can only be achieved through the use of salt with significant cost and environmental implications. Sand is applied to residential sidewalks when icy conditions exist.
While operators strive to minimize sod damage, some degree of damage is inevitable. Sidewalk plows are required to be large machines in order to effectively plow deep snow, when needed. Unfortunately, this makes them less forgiving to operate on sidewalks. Deep or drifted snow conditions often completely hide the sidewalk edge. When sod is frozen, damage is minimized; however, when sod is not frozen, it lifts away very easily and damage can be extensive. Often, the sod removed is overgrowth growing onto the sidewalk. To report sod damage, please visit the Winter Services report a problem page and this will be added to the list of inspection and repairs for completion by the end of May.
Transit stops are cleared after snow accumulates in excess of five centimetres (two inches), and only after roads are cleared. Transit stops on primary and secondary roads are cleared first. Transit stop clearing is generally completed within 48 hours after the end of the storm; however, when we have a heavy snowfall, or successive winter events, it will take longer to clear all stops.
To achieve bare pavement, salt must be applied at the onset of snow so that a layer of salt brine is maintained between the road surface and accumulating snow (to prevent bonding). In order to provide this level of service to residential roads, significant increases in equipment and salt would be required, with increased costs and environmental impact. The town as well as other Canadian road agencies are required to have a Salt Management Plan to manage salt use and minimize environmental impacts. It would be very unusual for a municipality subject to winter climate conditions, such as Oakville, to consider a snow packed road surface as unacceptable for local residential roads.
The snow pack is hard-packed snow on a roadway. It is the condition that can be expected periodically on residential roads. Snow pack develops very quickly as vehicles travel on snow-covered roads. Snow plows are not able to scrape off snow pack as it is usually bonded to the pavement. Although bumpy at times, vehicles typically navigate snow pack quite easily. Under snow pack conditions, some rutting can be expected. The town will take steps to improve conditions when warranted.