Snow removal operations are initiated when 5 cm of snow or more has accumulated on the ground or when the road surface is slippery.
In winter, an employee travels the Municipality’s roads every morning to ensure that they are safe and to plan snow removal or icebreaking operations.
Operations are carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as required.
Priority is given to:
Priority is given to school bus routes, coastlines and intersections, regardless of whether they include a main or collector road.
On February 1, the Municipality will launch a winter ecoroad pilot project. The project will be implemented in the following neighbourhoods:
What is a winter ecoroad?
On winter ecoroads, snow is primarily removed by scraping in order to keep the use of salt and abrasives to a minimum. Several cities in Quebec have already adopted the approach as a way of protecting the environment. Road salts are particularly harmful to sources of drinking water and vulnerable areas such as wetlands.
Ecoroads must meet several criteria and are evaluated based on the route, traffic type, and speed limit, among others. The neighbourhoods involved in the pilot project were selected because their roads met all the safety criteria.
For safety reasons, salt and abrasives will be used when road conditions are deemed hazardous, such as when there is freezing rain.
Only secondary roads will become ecoroads. The following collection roads are excluded from the pilot project:
To learn more about winter ecoroads, click here.
During the winter season, your cooperation is essential to our snow removal operations.
As of 2019, abrasive spreading is only completed on curves, intersections and slopes, over a distance of 30 m before and after curves and slopes, and over a distance of 30 m before intersections.
During periods of intense ice storms, and as required to ensure the safety of road users, abrasive spraying is completed along the full width and length of the roads.
Main roads: salt and sand over the full width of the road.
Secondary roads: crushed stones or sand.
It is out of concern for the environment and in order to improve the efficiency of operations throughout the territory that snow is blown to the sides wherever possible. Snow blowing to the sides is much faster and more ecological than blowing it into trucks. It allows, among other things:
Once the snow has been cleared, the streets will be widened with a grader, which will increase visibility and ensure safer driving conditions.
It should be noted that any municipality may throw snow that covers a public road onto adjacent private property (Loi sur les compétences municipales, chapitre C-47-1, article 69)
Temporary no parking signs will be posted 24 hours prior to the start of the snow blowing operation and will be removed once the operation is complete. We ask that citizens pay attention to the signs to ensure that they do not interfere with the operations. Owners of vehicles parked in the prohibited zone could receive a ticket and their vehicle could be towed.
This page was last updated on January 13