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Slow down. It's winter Watch for snow plows

January 12, 2015 -

The City of Kingston's 27 snow plows are big, difficult to drive and work continuously during snowfalls to clear arterial and collector streets first before moving on to residential roadways and sidewalks.

"Winter weather can be challenging. Please, slow down and be careful to give yourself and snow plows plenty of room. We will keep you updated on our ongoing winter control efforts," says Troy Stubinski, operations manager, public works.

While an overview of clearing priorities is offered below, residents are encouraged to go to www.CityofKingston.ca/snow to become fully familiar with clearing standards for roads and sidewalks and snow plow safety tips. Watch for updates on our winter control efforts on Twitter @CityofKingston or Facebook www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston.

Major roads are plowed first.

The City has 27 snow plows of varying types to clear nearly 1,800 kilometres of road lanes. Major urban and rural roads and then collector and transit routes are cleared ahead of local residential roads.

When snow continues to fall over a long period, plows may not be able to immediately clear local residential and less-travelled roads as they must continue working to ensure major roads and transit routes are clear.

Kingston is one of the few municipalities in Ontario to clear all public sidewalks. The City has 13 sidewalk plows to clear snow from more than 500 kilometres of sidewalk. Our sidewalk plows are not equipped to remove ice. Show neighbours you care: keep the sidewalk in front of your home (and catch basins near your home) clear of snow and ice.

Stay out of the way of snow plows

  • Drivers: stay three car lengths behind a snow plow.
  • Pedestrians: if possible, move off the sidewalk into a yard to make sure the driver can see you.
  • Children: NEVER play on or tunnel into snow banks and NEVER approach a snow plow.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.