Snow removal operations, such as plowing and salting are carried out around the clock. Loading operations normally takes a minimal of 4-8 days depending on snowfall and is carried out according to a pre-determined schedule. The priorities for cleaning are commercial streets, fire routes, major arteries, school zones and streets on slopes.
Advance warning of snow removal and the times at which it will be taking place are given by flashing or fixed orange lights on major throughfares, and by special signs placed on side streets.
The plastic signs replace orange sandwich boards in most areas of the Westmount, which were typically placed on snowbanks when snow removal was to take place.
Each winter, the City of Westmount encounters a number of problems with the practice employed by private contractors as they remove snow from private driveways, paths, etc., and place it onto public streets and sidewalks. In our desire to collaborate with the private contractors who are licensed to carry out this type of work, the City would like to remind all contractors of the rules that are in force:
- all snow removed from private property must be deposited on an existing snow bank as created by city ploughs. The snow pushed out from private property should be spread out along the snow banks to prevent creating one large mass of snow opposite the driveway from which the snow was removed;
- under no circumstances should the snow removed from one driveway be placed on the street in front of any neighbouring driveways;
- the blockage of any street, sidewalk or lane by snow removed from private property shall not be tolerated.
The snow plowing operation entails displacing the snow from the street towards the sidewalks or curbs in order to allow traffic to flow safely. This operation causes snow to accumulate in front of every driveway. Each resident is responsible to remove this snow should they need access.