Snow removal is a complex logistical operation that is carried out in several steps and according to certain priorities. These steps are carefully planned in light of the weather reports received and begin as soon as it starts snowing.
Factors influencing snow removal logistics
Despite careful planning, many factors can influence snow removal logistics and how long the operations last:
- the type of precipitation (snow, ice, freezing rain, blowing snow, mixed precipitation);
- new precipitation before the end of the operations already under way;
- extreme temperatures (extreme cold, spring temperatures mid-season);
- when the precipitation falls (during rush hour or at night);
- citizens’ behaviours;
- equipment breakdown;
- limited driving time to ensure the safety of both employees and the public.
This means that if snow falls during operations, the intervention time and operational priorities revert to zero. The teams resume snow removal operations by prioritizing the main arteries and collector streets, followed by local streets.
How to facilitate operations
You can assist our snow removal teams and help operations run smoothly by adopting certain behaviours.
Keep informed about our priorities
Spreading anti-icing agents, plowing, snow blowing, loading, etc. are different operations carried out during snow removal. We will keep you regularly informed during the winter when major operations are going to take place in our city so that you can help us ensure that they go smoothly, for example, by removing your car from the street.
Place your waste bins in your driveway
Always place your waste bins in your driveway, not on the street or sidewalk, so that snow clearing vehicles can get around more easily. If possible, remove your bins as soon as they have been emptied. When there are obstacles on the sidewalk or vehicles parked too close to the sidewalk, equipment operators have to skirt around them by moving off the sidewalk, which means poorer snow clearing.
Pile your snow on your property
When you are clearing the snow off your driveway, you must pile it on your own property so that pedestrians and vehicles can get around safely. If a contractor does your snow removal, you are responsible for telling him that he must deposit the snow on your property and make sure that none is left in the street or on the sidewalk.
Remove all vehicules from the street
By obeying the no-parking signs on the street, you also allow snow clearing vehicles to travel easily along the streets and remove the snow efficiently. Overnight street parking is prohibited between midnight and 5:30 a.m. from December 1 to March 31 throughout Saint-Lambert.
The presence of temporary no-parking signs (yellow panels) also tells you that operations will begin soon in your sector and that you must remove your vehicle from the street.
Even if there are no signs prohibiting street parking, we ask for your cooperation by leaving the streets as clear as possible and parking in your own driveway.
To know more
Contact the Public Works Office at email@example.com or 450 466-3690.