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Things you can do:
- If you have a catch basin near your home, please keep it clear so melting snow has somewhere to go.
- Remove snow from fire hydrants near your property. Every second counts during an emergency!
- Remove plowed snow at the end of your driveway. Snow plow operators must push snow to the curb or shoulder, possibly covering recently shovelled driveways.
- Park vehicles off the street when possible. By-law 1984-1 prohibits parking of vehicles on town streets between 2 and 6 a.m. from November 15 to April 15. During a snow event our plows need to be able to easily move snow on the roads.
- Check on your neighbours. They might appreciate some help shovelling snow.
- On your scheduled waste collection day, please place Blue Box, Green Cart and garbage at the curb or at the end of your driveway, away from snowbanks. This helps ensure the Region's collection crews can easily see and access materials. Learn more about the Halton Region waste and recycling program.
Park vehicles off the street when possible
It is important for residents to try and remove their cars from the roads during snow removal activities to allow our plows to clear roads efficiently.
Vehicles parking on the street (with permit or without permit) may be ticketed if obstructing snow clearing operations.
What is a snow windrow?
A snow windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of a driveway after the snow plow has cleared the road. The town's windrow clearing program helps seniors 65+ and people with physical disabilities or medical conditions that are unable to clear the windrow on their own.
The program runs between December 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.
Learn more on our Driveway Snow Windrow Clearing Program.
Why did the plow create a windrow on my driveway?
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways.
With over 55,000 driveways in Oakville, 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.
Help protect the environment by using less salt
Road salt works well to melt ice and snow around your property but it also has long-term impacts on the environment. Check out these green-friendly tips to clear your driveways, walkways and sidewalks and keep safe while using less salt!
- Before snow falls or temperatures drop to freezing, spread a small amount of salt on your driveway/walkways to help stop ice and snow from sticking to the surface.
- Clear snow and ice from your driveway and walkways as soon as possible – this helps reduce ice build-up and means you can use less salt.
- After a snowfall, salt should only be used once snow has been removed and only on areas needed to ensure safety.
- Salt is less effective at temperatures below -10C. Alternatives like sand, grit, non-clumping kitty litter or magnesium chloride can be use when it’s too cold for salt to work.
Salt Management Plan
Road salts (primarily sodium chloride) are the conventional de-icing/anti-icing chemicals for maintaining winter safety because of their cost, effectiveness and ease of handling. The amount of salt used is a function of level of service policies and budgets, the transportation network, weather conditions and operational practices. The use of salt has adverse environmental impacts. A Salt Management Plan provides the means through which an organization commits to implementing salt best management practices as it fulfills its obligation to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation systems. The Town of Oakville Salt Management Plan will continue to provide the public with the safe and efficient transportation systems they expect, while minimizing effects on the environment through prudent salt use.
For more information
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