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Snow removal / De-icing operations in Châteauguay

a snow loading operation

Back to the topic of the hour: weather and messy roads! Mother Nature is very active this year. Given the heavy snowfalls and the cycle of thaws and extreme cold, many side streets have icy, messy surfaces about which the City is receiving a significant number of complaints and requests.

The situation in Châteauguay does not differ from that of other cities in the region. The Division travaux publics is in constant communication with comparable cities and community stakeholders and regularly visits nearby cities in order to compare the state of the streets, especially in the case of a weather cocktail. 

Did you know that Ville de Châteauguay has an area of 530 km to be cleared? It cannot be compared with Ville de Léry or Mercier, which has an area that is six times smaller.

When you notice a particular situation, please let us know immediately. To do this, the most effective means is the application management module of the B-CITI web and mobile platform. To sign up, if you haven’t done so already, visit this page. To guarantee a follow-up, this is more effective than any other means (including calling your municipal counsellor!).

We would like to remind you that our snow removal crews are working day and night with all the resources at their disposal to provide you with maximum services according to weather conditions. Ville de Châteauguay snow removal procedure is reviewed every year, and this year is not an exception. The objective is to ensure continuous service improvement and increase efficiency. A degree of priority is assigned to each street. A better use of road salt is encouraged out of a concern for sustained development and environmental preservation. Moreover, quotas are imposed on municipalities. It is wrong to believe that spreading salt on the streets definitely removes ice. Sometimes the opposite is true: salt melts the snow, but the temperature and winds make the water freeze on the ground, even making the pavement hazardous. As a result of the impact of climate change, precipitation now frequently falls as a mixture (snow, ice pellets, rain), which complicates operations. However, we use a pre-soaked salt which has the advantage of accelerating the reaction time. Also, during large snowfalls, snowplows must respect a time limit for driving their vehicles, in accordance with the rest hours prescribed by the Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles. If necessary, the City may use a subcontractor to load the snow.

Answers to commonly asked questions

Q. When there is a thaw, why not take advantage of it to remove the snow and the slush? 

R. The pushing of slush fills residents’ driveways. During the night, when temperatures are dropping, the slush becomes ice and blocks driveways. The next morning, it will prevent vehicles from coming out.

Q. Why scrape and leave a layer of snow?

R. We do it to avoid blocking the previously cleared catch basins (sewers) and to avoid leaving all of the icy snow in residents’ driveways. In addition, if a lot of pressure is used to remove the ice, there is a risk of breaking or even tearing off catch basins, manholes and water (or other) valves that are too high in relation to the pavement.

Q. Why not de-ice all of the City’s streets? 

R. At least 7,000 tons of road salt would be required, or 4,000 tons more than what is commonly used, resulting in additional costs of approximately $340,000, not to mention the significant environmental impacts and labour and machinery requirements. In addition, we need extended periods of temperatures close to 0°C to carry this out.

Operations in progress

To find out about the operations in progress and obtain more information about the procedure, visit our website at www.ville.chateauguay.qc.ca/en/deneigement-is.

Last update: 2019-02-08 14:28