Public Works Winter Newsletter Series [PART 4]

Salt. Plow. Windrow. Repeat.

Here’s a snippet from the winter edition of the Public Works Newsletter — Vaughan at Work — now available. Check it out at

Winter is “snow” reason to panic

The City of Vaughan operates an extensive winter services and road maintenance program to keep the public safe during the winter months.

DbleSkyscraper-300x600 CoV-WinterMaintenance (2)SALTING. As soon as snow or ice begins to accumulate, our goal is to complete a first round of salting on main roads within four hours, and residential roads – including narrower streets like the laneways found behind townhomes – within 12 hours.

PLOWING. Crews are out as soon as five centimetres (two inches) of snow accumulate. All roads are expected to be cleared within 16 hours after snowfall has ended.

SIDEWALKS. Plowing begins as soon as five centimetres (two inches) of snow accumulate. All sidewalks are expected to be cleared within 24 hours after snowfall has ended.

WINDROWS. Windrow machines are designed to clear about 80 per cent of snow left by plows at the end of the driveway within four hours after the plow has passed.

YORK REGION. The Region is responsible for plowing major streets in Vaughan, such as Bathurst Street, Dufferin Street, Keele Street and Major Mackenzie Drive, to name a few. Visit for more information.

Clearing the way

Help keep the community safe and winter operations running smoothly with these Do’s and Don’ts during a snowfall:

DO keep garbage and recycling bins at least 0.9 metres (three feet) from the curb.

DO clear fire hydrants of snow if on or near your home or business.

DO remove ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of or along your property within 24 hours after snowfall ends.

DON’T shovel snow or ice onto the road.


DON’T park on the street as that makes it difficult for plows to clear and emergency vehicles to pass.

DO remove hazards that may be unsafe to plow crews (landscaping features like fencing, hedges, basketball nets, decorative stones and bird baths).

DO stay up to date on salting, snow removal and windrow clearing:

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  • Follow @VaughanSNOW on Twitter
  • Call our SNOW hotline: 905-879-SNOW (7669)
  • Email our SNOW account:

Discover more winter tips and snow-removal info at




Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at


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