Town plan in­cludes plows, sanding, de-ic­ing and vig­i­lant mon­i­tor­ing

Shoreline Beacon - - News -

The re­cently up­dated Saugeen Shores win­ter op­er­a­tions plan in­cludes new sec­tions to deal with snow ac­cu­mu­la­tions on bike lanes, snow and ice on side­walks, a win­ter pa­trol of side­walks and the abil­ity to de­clare a sig­nif­i­cant weather event.

Dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, Saugeen Shores pa­trols routes twice daily, seven days a week to record weather and road con­di­tions and mo­bi­lize clear­ing crews when nec­es­sary, based on ac­cu­mu­la­tions of snow and ice.

Cur­rently, Saugeen Shores is re­spon­si­ble for win­ter main­te­nance on 47.8 lane kilo­me­tres of paved roads, 47.9 lane kilo­me­tres of un­paved roads, and 48 kilo­me­tres of side­walks.

From Oc­to­ber 1 to April 30, the town stan­dard is to mon­i­tor the weather for the com­ing 24 hours, once ev­ery shift or three times daily, and from May to Septem­ber the weather is mon­i­tored once daily.

Once the town de­ter­mines that snow ac­cu­mu­la­tions are greater than a depth set out in a ta­ble, it will de­ploy staff as soon as prac­ti­ca­ble to clear the snow. For ex­am­ple, a class one road should be cleared if more than 2.5 cen­time­tres of snow ac­cu­mu­lates in four hours. Ta­bles also set out re­sponse times for clear­ing for treat­ing icy roads, side­walks and bike lanes.

When ac­cu­mu­la­tions of piled snow im­pedes traf­fic on roads, it is trucked to two stor­age sites - the Peel St. works yard in Southamp­ton and the works yard on Con­ces­sion 6 in Port El­gin.

The town can de­clare a sig­nif­i­cant weather event with the po­ten­tial to pose a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to road users by list­ing no­tice on the town web­site, an­nounc­ing it on so­cial me­dia, by press re­lease, through no­ti­fi­ca­tion to po­lice.

If town Pub­lic Works staff de­ter­mine a road should be closed for safety – due to a snow­fall, wind­blown snow, freez­ing rain, frost or black ice - staff must no­tify Saugeen Shores Po­lice Ser­vice to is­sue a road clo­sure no­tice and erect signs warn­ing drivers the road is closed.

The 2018 bud­get in­cludes $599,777 for win­ter snow main­te­nance, a three per cent in­crease over the pre­vi­ous year.

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