Snow clearing and removal

snow clearing

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has rules to ensure that snow removal is done in a safe, timely and effective way. Residents are called upon to do their part to help make their roads safe in winter.

During and after every snowfall, the City of Côte Saint-Luc plows, salts, and clears 65km of roads and 122km of sidewalks. Snow removal operations by the city such as salting, plowing and removal are conducted around the clock. Major snow-removal operations normally take up to 5 days to complete and occur primarily between 6am and 6pm. 

Snow in front of driveways

The snow plowing operation initially involves moving the snow to the curb in order to allow traffic to flow safely. The snow plowing operation inevitably causes snow to accumulate in front of driveways. The city will follow up by removing these snow banks during the subsequent snow-removal operation, however the city is not responsible for keeping access to everyone's driveway clear before the scheduled snow-removal operation happens. Residents who want access in the meantime are responsible for clearing the edge of their driveways. 

Temporary no parking signs

During and after snowstorms, residents are asked to respect all temporary no parking signs placed by the Public Works Department for the purpose of snow removal. If you don't, your vehicle may be towed to an adjacent street and you will be fined $153. If your vehicle is towed, you can call 514-485-6960 to find out where it was moved.

Avoid damage to your vehicle

Sidewalk snow plows need the entire width of the sidewalk in order to safely clean it. To avoid plows accidentally damaging your vehicle, park your car at least 6 inches or 15 cm (but not more than 12 inches) from the curb. In parking on a driveway, do not allow your vehicle to overhang the edge of your driveway. This allows for safe passage of the sidewalk plows. 

Blowing on lawns

When necessary, the city may blow snow on your lawn as part of normal snow removal operations. The city is not responsible for damage to plants, driveway curbs, fences or other items that are placed within the city's setback.

Maximum capacity of the snow dump and snow blowing on private lawns 

 Having a snow dump in Côte Saint-Luc is a great benefit that permits us to speed up snow removal operations during winter. It also saves the cost of transporting and depositing snow to other dumps located outside the city. However, our snow dump has a limited capacity -- even though it is quite large. With the accumulated snowfall we have received since the beginning of the 2017-2018 winter seasons, we are reaching the maximum capacity of our snow dump. As a result, the city is currently working to make more space available in the dump. 

During this time, the city is obliged to blow snow onto private lawns in the case of snowfall reaching the amount where snow removal operations must begin.

Private contractors

The city would like to remind all contractors, and the residents who hire them, of the following rules in force in Côte Saint-Luc:

  • Snow from private driveways and walkways must NOT be placed on public sidewalks, lanes or streets. The ONLY exception is when the city is removing snow in your vicinity, at which time it may be added to the banks to be removed. It must be spread out along the snow bank, not piled in a single large mass.
  • Under no circumstances may snow removed from one driveway be placed on the street in front of any neighboring driveway or around fire hydrants.
  • The blockage of any street, sidewalk or lane by snow removed from private land is not permitted.

Please ensure that your contractor has a valid snow removal permit from the city. According to our bylaws, contractors and homeowners are responsible for any rule violations. To avoid possible fines, please make sure your contractor complies with the city's regulations. Private snow removal contractors must display their city license on the rear window of their snow removal vehicles.

Which streets are cleaned first?

For reasons for safety, the city prioritizes snow clearing and snow removal on primary streets and streets (or parts of streets) near public safety buildings (police, fire, hospitals, etc.), schools, and municipal buildings. Once the snow is cleared from these main areas, work begins on secondary streets and then on tertiary streets.

Primary streets are the main roads that have the most traffic, including Côte Saint-Luc Rd., Cavendish Blvd., Fleet Rd., Westminster Ave., Kildare Rd., Mackle Rd., and Guelph Rd. Secondary streets are collector roads that have higher through traffic or high-density buildings, such as Merton Rd., Parkhaven Ave., and others. Tertiary streets are typically smaller roads with limited and non-through traffic.

Sidewalks

The city’s procedure is to clear at least one of the two sidewalks on each street soon after a snowfall. Sometimes private contractors push snow from driveways onto clean sidewalks making them impassable. Other times, continuing snowfall covers up the sidewalks the city cleaned earlier or blowing snow covers up part of the clean sidewalk. As a result, it may look like the city didn’t clear one of the sidewalks when, in fact, it already has. We urge residents to speak to their contractors to remind them that pushing snow onto the sidewalk (or street) violates Côte Saint-Luc bylaws. We also ask that residents do their part by pushing snow onto their lawns and not onto sidewalks (and streets). The city will do its part by cleaning the sidewalks (and streets) in a timely manner.

Keep sidewalks clear

Please move trash bins, blue bins, brown bins, basketball nets, and all other items to a safe distance away from the sidewalk and onto your driveway and please ensure your vehicles are parked only on your driveway and not on the sidewalk so that our crews can properly clear snow from the sidewalk and street in front of your home. The City of Côte Saint-Luc assumes no liability for any damage to your property that is in the way of our snow removal operations.

Damage to property

In the event that you feel the city has damaged your private property, please note the date and time you noticed it. If possible, please photograph the damage. Send a letter explaining the incident with all evidence to City Clerk, City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, H4W 3C3.

Road salt and sand

Côte Saint-Luc applies road salt and abrasives to main roads and intersections to maintain traffic flow and keep our roads safe when snow or frozen snow begins falling. Once 2.5 cm of snow have fallen, snow clearing operations begin.

Safety

During snow removal, there is always a spotter in front of the snow blower and any obstruction will lead to an immediate halt in operations as a safety precaution.

Increased traffic near the snow dump site

During snow-removal operations, there will be increased heavy truck traffic in the areas around the environmentally-approved snow dump on Marc Chagall Ave. All Côte Saint-Luc trucks comply with all traffic regulations according to instructions given by the city.

 

exclamation pointTo notify the City of Côte Saint-Luc about a snow-related problem, call 514-485-6800 or send an e-mail message to info@cotesaintluc.org.