How Burlington residents can stay safe this winter as city prepares for snowy season

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December 10, 2020 at 4:20 pm

With winter right around the corner, the City of Burlington is sharing helpful information to help residents throughout the season.

To stay informed on snow event declarations, facility closures and re-openings and recreation program changes should subscribe to respective newsfeeds at and follow the City of Burlington on Facebook and Twitter.

Residents are reminded that a snow event is declared with an accumulation of at least 5 cm or more.

During a snow event, road clearing updates can be found here.

Snow Control Update subscribers will receive emails at 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. about the status of snow removal.

Residents are reminded that when weather events such as snow or freezing rain become more extreme and safe travel becomes more challenging, the City may decide to close some or all facilities such as community centres, pools, arenas and City Hall.

A declared snow event does not mean all City facilities and programs are closed.

Facility closures and program cancellations will be communicated separately.

Occasionally, a program may be cancelled when City facilities remain open in instances such as when staff are unable to travel to operate the facility.

If a program is cancelled when the facility is open, staff will contact the participants as soon as possible.

The following is information on snow clearing in the City of Burlington.

Primary and Secondary roads begin to be cleared when snow reaches 5 cm of accumulation and residential roads begin to be cleared when snow reaches 7.5 cm of accumulation.

Residential roads are not maintained to the bare pavement and are plowed only after a snow accumulation of 7.5 cm has fallen in a single event. Sand is applied, as required.

All sidewalks are plowed and salted and sanded if they are icy within 48 hours of snowfall and all roads will be cleared 24-hours after the snowfall has ended.

For all roads, sidewalks and select pathways, clearing may take longer if more than 12 cm has fallen.

Residents are reminded that the City is not responsible for clearing windrows left on driveways when the plow passes.

The following is information about parking in Burlington in the winter.

When a snow event is declared, there is no parking on any city streets until 24-hours after the snow event has been declared over.

Residents who park their cars on streets blocking snow removal could face a $120 parking ticket or their vehicles being towed.

All existing parking exemptions are also cancelled during snow events.

During the winter, the City maintains 1,900 lane kilometres of roads and 850 kilometres of sidewalks.

Residents can help with the removal of snow from streets and sidewalks by following road safety and parking rules including waiting until 24-hours after the snowfall has ended before calling or emailing concerns.

Additionally, residents are asked not to park vehicles on the street during or 24-hours after a snowfall and not leave vehicles over the sidewalk while in the driveway.

Residents are asked not to shovel, plow or blow snow from residential or commercial properties onto the road or across the road which poses a hazard to motorists and is prohibited by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and City bylaw.

As snowplows need room to clear the ice and snow, residents are asked to stay back 70 feet as sand and salt may be dropping from the trucks and to give snowplows plenty of space at intersections.


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