City prepared for Tuesday’s winter weather event
With 10-15 cm of snow and freezing rain in the forecast for tomorrow, the City of Brampton is ready to respond and is encouraging residents to prepare as well.
What the City does when it snows
First, crews salt and plow primary roads. These are main roads that carry high volumes of traffic, are on a Brampton Transit/Züm route, or have a Peel separate or public school on them.
Once primary roads are cleared, crews start plowing and salting residential streets. These are the streets in your neighbourhood. Residential streets are:
- only plowed when at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) of snow falls in a single storm. That’s the diameter of a hockey puck, or a bit bigger than a cricket ball.
- not paved to bare pavement like primary roads. It’s normal for some snow to stay on the ground, even once the street is plowed.
Crews plow and sand recreational trails in parks, and sidewalks that are:
- on a primary road
- on a Brampton Transit/Züm bus route
- in front of a City park or facility behind your property
- curb-faced (no grass boulevard between the sidewalk and road)
All other sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner.
Crews aim to have all roads, sidewalks, transit stops, crosswalks and trails maintained within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Clearing may take longer if weather is extreme.
We appreciate our residents’ cooperation and patience during these conditions. Once the cleanup is complete, residents can call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request service for areas they believe require follow-up.
Brampton Transit may experience delays on some routes during tomorrow’s winter event. Please give yourself extra travel time. For updates, follow @BramptonTransit on Twitter or call 905.874.2999.
Residents are asked to call their recreation centre in advance for details about hours of operation and programming changes.
Reminders for Residents
- Some roads and sidewalks will be difficult to travel on until they are cleared. Please slow down and allow yourself extra time.
- As crews clear roads and sidewalks, snow coming off the plow may result in snow at the end of driveways (‘windrows’). This is difficult to avoid during a heavy snowfall.
- Please keep all parked cars off the street so that crews can safely clear it. Parking permits will be temporarily suspended and new ones will not be issued during a winter event.
- On waste collection day, clear a spot for your carts at the bottom of your driveway or on the boulevard just behind the curb. Don’t place them on the sidewalk or road.
- Please help keep sidewalks safe by clearing them of snow and ice. Don’t shovel snow from your property onto the road or sidewalk.
- For senior citizens and residents living with permanent disabilities, the City offers snow removal financial assistance. Learn more at www.brampton.ca/snowgrant