City of North Bay ready to tackle winter

North Bay, ON – December 20, 2016 – Winter is upon us and that means the City of North Bay’s snowplows are out on the roads dealing with the impacts of winter – managing snow and ice on city streets and sidewalks.

“We have to be prepared because we never know what winter holds for us,” said Scott Franks, Manager - Roads Department.  “Our full complement of winter operations equipment is ready to tackle all those challenges around the clock, seven days a week.”

The City has 27 snow plows of varying types from trucks with plows, wings and sander units to sidewalk plows that work to clear over 800 lane kilometres of road and nearly 150 kilometres of sidewalk.  During a snowfall, the City deploys its resources in accordance with the Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards.  The standard outlines road classes from 1 to 5 (with 1 being high priority) and response times based on amount of accumulation.  

The City’s first priority is to keep the heaviest travelled roads – main (arterial) roads (Class 2) and secondary collector roads (Class 3) – clean in order to ensure the safety of the greatest number of motorists. After that, crews work to clear local and rural residential roads (Class 4 & 5), within 24 hours, depending on the conditions.  

If snow continues to fall over a long period of time, plows may not be able to immediately clear local residential and less-travelled roads as they must continue working to ensure major roads and transit routes are clear.

Residents can support the City this winter by doing a few things to assist in snow clearing operations, including not pushing snow from private property onto the road and avoiding parking on city streets to allow plows to do their work.

Residents on local residential and rural roads are also asked to wait 24 hours before calling Public Works Dispatch to inquire about plowing operations.  Depending on the severity of the snowfall and the location of your home, plows may not reach your street for 24 hours.  Public Works Dispatch should only be contacted to report urgent weather-related calls, in addition to other matters apart from snowfall response.

More about the City of North Bay’s winter operations including Frequently Asked Questions can be found at

The City will issue advisories as winter weather and snow events happen.  Updates and information will be posted on the City’s website and shared via social media including Twitter (@cityofnorthbay) and Facebook (@cityofnorthbay).

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