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Tool shows snow clearing aims for your street

February 2, 2015 -

When you enter your address in the City of Kingston's snow plow route map lookup tool (www.CityofKingston.ca/snow), you can see:

  • the snow plow route your street is on
  • how your street is designated for plowing
  • how other streets in your neighbourhood are designated for plowing

"We want people to understand how we approach clearing snow. If there is a lot of blowing snow or ongoing snow like today, we have to concentrate on keeping arterial, collector and transit routes clear before we can move on to residential  routes," says Troy Stubinski, operations manager, public works.

The City's 27 snow plows are big, difficult to drive and work continuously during snowfalls to clear nearly 1,800 km of road lanes. Stubinski urges motorists and pedestrians to stay well out of the way of snow plows as they work to clear Kingston streets.

The City has three designations for streets that explain its snow clearing objectives:

  1. Arterial – major and collector roads and major rural roads. The objective is to have the centre of the road be essentially clear as soon as possible after snowfall ends and, normally, within four hours. The Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area falls within this priority.
  2. Collector and transit routes – secondary collector roads and transit routes. The objective is to have the centre of the road be essentially clear as soon as possible after snowfall ends and, normally, within six hours.
  3. Residential – local residential, commercial areas and minor hard-surfaced rural roads. The objective is to have these roads be essentially cleared as soon as possible after snowfall ends and, normally, within 16 hours.

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. These plows are not equipped to remove ice from sidewalks.

Here are the sidewalk plowing priorities during normal winter conditions:

  1. Walks adjacent to high volume roadways with high pedestrian volumes.
  2. Balance of walks that can be cleared with mechanized plow.
  3. Walks that require a blower or hand shovelling to clear.

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

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.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.