Snow Removal  

Be In the Know About Snow

Roads are maintained in a priority sequence beginning with Regional Roads, arterial and collector roads, During a snowstorm, road crews will keep these roads as clear as possible to ensure the safety of drivers and allow for emergency vehicles to respond to calls quickly and safely.

Residential roads are plowed after the priority areas have been cleared and 10cm of snow accumulation has occurred.

Be in the Know About Snow: Fact Sheet

Road Plow Response Times

Priority roads - Regional/arterial/collector: Once 2 cm of snow has accumulated, roads are plowed in a priority sequence, starting with Regional roads, followed by arterial and then collector roads. These roads are cleared to bare pavement within 2 to 12 hours after the end of the storm, depending on how much snow has accumulated.

Residential roads: These roads are plowed after the priority areas have been cleared and once 10 cm of snow has accumulated. The plowing starts as soon as the storm has ended.  Residential roads are plowed to a "snow packed" standard and not "bare pavement" as these roads are a different classification than priority roads.

Road Classifications and Response Times

When to call: If your street has not been cleared within 24 hours after a storm has ended, please call the Snow Control office:

Engineering Services

Phone:905-878-7252 ext 2500

TTY:905-878-1657

Fax:905-876-5029

Snow Plow Routes

Winter Street Parking - Allow the Plow!

Allow the Plow mascotWe all want our street cleared of snow quickly, but nothing slows down the work of snow plows more than cars parked on the street.

During a storm, please "allow the plow" by NOT parking your car on the street. Street parking exceptions are suspended during some storms; watch our social media feeds for updates.

Please remember:

  • Cars must be off the road during snow plowing (5-hour parking limit does not apply).
  • Cars impeding snow plowing can be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
  • During snow clearing operations the Town has the right to refuse granting street parking exceptions.
  • Avoid parking vehicles on sidewalks. (Parking By-law #1984-1).
  • Avoid shovelling snow onto the road when clearing driveways and sidewalks (Obstruct Highways By-Law 115-2005).

Sidewalks

With accumulation of 5 cm or more of snow, sidewalks and pathways associated with schools, transit routes and major pedestrian travel are plowed.

Residents are responsible for clearing snow on sidewalks that have not been designated on the Town's sidewalk plow routes, as noted below. Please clear your sidewalks and do not shovel or blow snow onto sidewalks, roads or Town property as this is against the by-law (#115-2005.)

Sidewalk Plow Response Times 

Sidewalk snow removal routes have two priority classifications and are maintained based on a priority sequence.

Sidewalk Plowing Response Times

Please Remember:

  • Decorative items that touch sidewalks and curbs should be flush with the ground and 300 mm (12") from the edge of the curb or sidewalk. This helps reduce the chance of damage to property, snow removal equipment and injury to operators. We are not responsible for damage to decorative items in the road allowance.
  • Damage to Town-owned trees, sod and pavement will be repaired in the spring.

Sidewalk Snow Plow Routes

Snow At The End Of Your Driveway

Plow operators work to maximize snow clearing on the roadway where the cars travel to keep traffic flowing. Snow coming off the plow moves to the right, to keep it away from the roadway, which often results in piles of snow at the end of your driveway called windrows; the plow operator is not intentionally blocking driveways.

How can you reduce the windrows at the bottom of your driveway after a plow passes? Pile the snow on the right side at the end of your driveway (facing the street from your driveway), following the traffic flow of the plow. This can help reduce the amount of snow pushed back onto your driveway when the plow passes.

The Town does not clear windrows; this is the responsibility of the homeowner. The Town offers a windrow program for seniors and persons with disabilities, which is now full for this winter season; registration opens again in the fall.

Windrow Removal Program

We offer the Windrow Removal Program to help seniors and persons with disabilities living in Milton remove the piles of snow left at the bottom of driveways after the snowplow passes (windrows). The service helps remove windrows created during plowing following a snowfall of 10 cm (4 inches) or more. The program was expanded in 2017 from 50 to 75 Milton residents. The program runs from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

Eligibility 

  • Seniors 65 years of age or older who live in Milton
  • Persons with disabilities who live in Milton. Medical confirmation (a doctor's note) is required.
  • A signed declaration that no able-bodied person under the age of 65 is living in your home.
  • A non-refundable fee of $63 per registration per year applies. (Cash, Cheque, Debit).

Registration Information (In person only)

  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Milton Seniors' Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton
  • First come, first served (maximum 75 residences)
  • Take Milton Transit 5 Yates or Milton access+ to the Seniors’ Activity Centre to register. Regular fares apply. Call 905-864-4141 or visit the Milton Transit website

What to Bring

  • $63 non-refundable fee - cash, cheque, debit

  • Identification with your address and age

  • A doctor's note for persons with disabilities