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null Slow down. It's winter! Watch for snowplows

November 21, 2016 -

The City of Kingston's 28 snowplows 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.

While an overview of clearing priorities is offered below, please go to to become fully familiar with clearing standards for roads and sidewalks and snowplow safety tips.

Watch for updates on our winter control efforts on Twitter @CityofKingston or Facebook

Major roads are plowed first

The City has 28 snowplows 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 15 sidewalk plows to clear snow from more than 600 kilometres of sidewalk. Our sidewalk plows are not equipped to remove ice. 

Show neighbours you care: keep the sidewalk in front of your home clear of snow and ice.

Stay out of the way of snowplows

  • Drivers: stay three car lengths behind a snowplow.
  • 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 snowplow.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 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. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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