Lake Country - Life. The Okanagan Way.

British Columbia, Canada


Snow clearing priorities around Lake Country

During a snow event, everyone wishes that their road would be plowed first. However, it is necessary to follow established service routes according to priority, in order to complete District-wide snow removal for all roads in as timely a manner as possible.

See the new interactive GIS map showing road and sidewalk clearing priorities

Snow removal and ice control services are provided by contract with Digg’N 4U.  Snow removal does not necessarily mean “bare pavement” but attempts to maintain roads in passable condition.  See the Winter Maintenance Priority Map for snow removal.

An overview of the District’s snow-clearing priorities: 
• Main collector roads, school bus and transit routes and steep roads take priority over all other roads in the District. During a period of active snowfall, the contractor will remain on these priority routes to keep them cleared.

• All local roads will be serviced once the main roads are cleared and have a reasonable chance of staying cleared. Many local roads are plowed at the same time that the hills are done, whenever it is practical and sensible to do so.

• Local roads that are generally flat are the lowest priority. These frequently will not be serviced until the end of a snow event, as repeat-clearing of higher-priority roads during active snowfall takes precedence. In most cases, local routes can expect to receive service within 48 hours of the end of the snow event.

• The goal of the snow removal program is to maintain the roads in a passable condition, which does not necessarily mean “bare pavement”. In certain conditions, the application of sand over compact snow will be performed. On busy routes, traffic works salt and/or sand into the snow, breaking it up and causing the roads to clear with use. Many District roads do not see sufficient traffic to achieve this effect, and a certain amount of compact snow on the road surface is to be expected. Salt application is ineffective below -6C.

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Roadside Parking
Snow accumulations can be a real challenge. Roadside parking can significantly hamper snow-clearing efforts, particularly on the narrower side roads. In our conversations with residents, we are asking that they do their best to leave as much room for the plows as possible on the side roads.

Removing Snow from your Driveway
We wish to remind all residents and businesses that snow removed from private drives, walks and parking lots is to be kept on private land and not pushed into the public roadway.

Residents are responsible for clearing snow from their driveways and property access points.  The municipality is responsible for having the snow cleared from sidewalks.  View a video on garbage cart placement during the winter months.

Sidewalk Snow Clearing
Residents are invited to help clear the snow from sidewalks directly adjacent to their property.  The municipal contractor will clear the sidewalks when the snow accumulation reaches approximately 1″.  Please give us a call if you observe sidewalks with hazardous conditions.  Thank you for helping us keep our sidewalks clear, especially for those who find it difficult to get around in winter conditions.

Many Lake Country residents find it a challenge keeping their sidewalks free of snow and ice – particularly seniors or neighbours with a disability. Can you do the “neighbourly” thing and lend a helping hand by clearing snow from a neighbour’s driveway or sidewalk.

Some facts:
• Over half of seniors’ falls occur outdoors.
• Almost half of admissions to long-term care facilities are fall related
• Many seniors are afraid of falling which leads them to restrict their activities reducing their mobility
• Shoveling snow is great exercise

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