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Snow removal / InfoSnow

 

Snow removal in figures at Châteauguay ...

  • 530 km to clear, including parking lots
  • 148 km of streets to de-ice
  • 62 km of sidewalks to clear and de-ice
  • 16 buildings with sidewalk and front of doors to clear
  • 1600 fire hydrants
  • 58 bus shelters

Equipments

  • 19 snowplows (14 snowplows and 5 small 6-wheel truck snow plows)
  • 13 tractors for the streets (8 tractors for the streets and 5 sidewalk tractors
  • 5 abrasive spreaders
  • 4 wheel loaders for parking lot cleaning

Priorities

  • Level 1 - Preferred lane, boulevards, main streets providing the link with highways, school routes
  • Level 2 - Collector streets and streets near public buildings (police station, fire station, library, Town Hall building)
  • Level 3 - Low-traffic residential streets, including cul-de-sacs

When do the snow clearers come into action?

  • Around 5 cm accumulation of snow: beginning of salting of the main arteries
  • Accumulation of more than 10 cm: all the equipment is used to start the complete snow removal of the municipality. Operations are usually completed in 9 hours of work, including parking lots of municipal buildings.
  • 20 cm and more: continue snow removal until the end of the storm

What is the normal course of operations?

  • Work begins first on the main thoroughfares, high traffic streets and areas near the hospital and schools.
  • Then the jobs run in the secondary arteries.
  • They are repeated in each of the arteries according to the level of priority of these (see above) as well as the frequency and the importance of the precipitations.
  • To perform their work efficiently, teams follow snow removal routes.

These specific locations require, for safety reasons and independently of the snow clearing policy, continuous spreading over short distances:

  • Bus lanes
  • Hazardous curves
  • Steep slopes
  • Bridges and viaducts
  • Dangerous intersections of major boulevards and / or highways.

What can slow down the snow removal operations?

  • Non-compliance with the regulation on overnight parking (prohibition of parking on the streets at night between 11 pm and 6 am)
  • Misplacement of the garbage and recycling bins (position the bins in the carriage entrance and not in the street)

Snow removers also have obligations, including compliance with the Act Respecting Owners, Operators and Drivers of Heavy Vehicles:

  • 13 consecutive hours of maximum driving on a 16-hour shift
  • 70 hours maximum work per week

Workers must also respect:

  • road salt quotas
  • the collective agreement for blue collar employees of the City of Châteauguay

A concern for the respect of the environment

In a spirit of sustainable development and preservation of the environment, the City adheres to the Québec Strategy for the Environmental Management of Road Salts. She has also set up white neighborhoods:

  • Spreading abrasives and fluxes with some moderation over a shorter distance, only when their use is deemed essential.
  • For some neighborhoods, only abrasives (small fractured stones) are used.
  • Increases the life of municipal infrastructure.

Adverse effects of overusing deicing salts:

  • Considered toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (since 2001).
  • Accelerate tree dieback by affecting buds, leaves and branches.
  • Contaminate groundwater and artesian wells through chloride migration.
  • Corrodes concrete, steel, car bodies and clothing.
  • Modifies the pH of the soil.
  • Attracts white-tailed deer, moose and birds, increasing the risk of collision.
  • Favors the presence of ragweed on the roadside.

Snow Report Service (Info-Neige)

In the winter season, snow removal contractors duly registered with the municipality have access to the Info-Neige service set up by the Public Works Division. As soon as the information is available, the contractors receive by e-mail the progress of the cleaning and snow removal operations carried out by the City. This new method allows municipal teams and private contractors to coordinate their operations and improve their efficiency.

Questions?

For any questions or to report a hazard or potential hazard, please contact the Public Works Division at 450-698-3150.

Last update: 2018-11-15 16:12

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