Snow Removal

Snow removal operations, such as plowing and salting are carried out around the clock. Loading operations normally require a minimum of 4-8 days depending on the snowfall, and are 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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2024

Current forecasts indicate that snowfall will end in the evening of Tuesday, January 16. The third snow loading operation of the season is planned to start at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17.

Snow has been slowly accumulating since the second snow loading operation ended on Sunday, January 14. Crews will pass over roads and sidewalks once more to clear accumulated snow and apply abrasives where necessary.

When parking your vehicle on the street, please pay close attention to the signs and move your car if necessary, before the loading crews arrive.  Parked vehicles that interfere with snow removal operations will be towed away.

Please note:

  • Throughout the winter, the City will NOT call residents prior to snow removal to advise them to move their parked vehicles; and
  • Towing crews will NO LONGER use warning lights during the day or night to signal impending snow loading operations.

REMINDER: To both homeowners and contractors, please do not push snow on the sidewalks or streets. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these operations.

The snow loading steps:

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STEP 1

The snow plow passes and pushes the snow creating a snow bank along the street for the snow blower to pick up.

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STEP 2

The snow blower picks up the snow bank (windrow) and loads it into the dump truck. Depending on the amount of snow, this step may be repeated 2 to 3 times.

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STEP 3

The dump truck leaves the loading site to empty it at the snow depot and returns to line up for loading.

Snowblower Passage:

  • From Monday to Friday, the snowblower comes to clear the snow 50 min. to 1 hour approximately after the passage of the snowplow.
  • Saturday and Sunday, the snowblower comes to clear the snow 30 min. to 45 min. approximately after the passage of the snowplow.

Snow Dump Sites:

Please note that snow loading trucks must unload the snow at a spill sites located outside the City of Westmount.  This can causes delays due to traffic to and from the site.

  • Travel time between the City of Westmount and Butler Dump site
    Approximately 15 min. to go + (10 min. of unloading) + 15 min. to return =Approximately 40 min.
  • Travel time between the City of Westmount and Newman Dump site
    Approximately 25 min. to go + (10 min. of unloading) + 35 min. to return =Approximately 70 min.

Westmount relies on your cooperation to help keep our streets and sidewalks safe during the winter. Snow from private driveways and walkways must NOT be placed on public sidewalks, lanes or streets. During snow loading, snow may be added to the existing snowbanks prior to removal. If your vehicle is towed during snow removal operations, please contact Public Safety at 514 989-5222.

If your vehicle is towed during snow removal operations, please contact Public Safety at 514 989-5222.

Advance warning of snow removal and the times at which it will be taking place are indicated by flashing or fixed orange lights on major throughfares, and by special signs placed on side streets.

Highly visible and effective, the plastic signs are attached to existing signage using special hooks. Westmount personnel will install the signs at least 12 hours before snow removal begins, giving drivers ample time to move their parked vehicles before snow removal operations get underway.

Please check your street daily before 7 a.m. following any heavy snowfall, as vehicles blocking snow removal operations will be towed.

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.

Westmount depends on the cooperation of all drivers in the city to ensure that snow is removed quickly and efficiently throughout the winter. The next time it snows, look up and check carefully for orange signs. Vehicles blocking snow removal operations will be towed.

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 the existing snow banks created by city ploughs. Snow pushed out from private property should be spread out along the snow banks to prevent creating a 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 will not be tolerated.

This winter season, Westmount’s Public Security Unit will have additional patrols on the road, both during and after each snowfall, to ensure that these guidelines are respected.

To this end, we must advise you that no toleration will be considered. Each offence observed will result in the automatic issuance of a statement of offence. In addition, in the event that the snow pushed out from private property is excessive to the point that the City must intervene for safety reasons, the cost of said intervention shall be assessed to the contractor responsible.

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.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding snow removal, please complete and submit the form below.

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