As we move deeper into the winter season, winter weather including snow and ice will impact our daily lives. With that expectation, Town of Hinton Infrastructure Services Department (ISD) want to assure our Residents that as a service to the public we put Street Snow Clearing and Sanding on top our priorities.
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ISD Team follows the Street Snow Clearing and Sanding policy in providing this very essential services. They are constantly checking the weather, having the equipment loaded with sand/ salt, plow blades on snow clearing equipment, and most importantly having staff members prepared for call out situations. During after-hours and Weekends at least one worker and one supervisor are on call, ready to handle after hour events.
As per the Policy, Snow Plowing will be carried out after snow accumulation of approximately 5 centimeters. Snow plowing will be carried out as per the following priority orders:
These areas will be plowed to ensure safe driving with a minimum of inconvenience to the motorist. All other areas will generally be left until the snowfall has subsided.Approaches on Switzer Drive, MacLeod Avenue to Hardisty Avenue (Recreation Centre, Swanson Drive, etc.). intersections will be cleared back as far as possible and practical to improve visibility.Once these priorities roads are complete the crew will divide into groups and proceed to the Hill and Valley Districts.The Hill AreaThe Hill area crew will follow the following sequence for snow plowing:
The Valley AreaThe Valley Area Crew will follow the following sequence for snow plowing:
During icy conditions to improve safety and mobility ISD team may use sand and salt on the Streets as per the following orders:
Sanding Trucks will then split to Hill and Valley.Hill Area Street Sanding sequence
Valley Area Street Sanding sequence
During any significant snowfall accumulation, and snowfall for longer duration, The Town of Hinton is aware of difficulty experienced by area residents and travelers. We ask for your patience while we work to make our area roadways as safe as possible for all drivers.Above all, the Town of Hinton asks that drivers please watch for our staff and make all attempts to give them space to work, including proactively moving vehicles and not passing plow and truck teams, as this can cause dangerous conditions for staff and other drivers alike.
Home Sidewalk ClearingIt is important to also note that homeowners and occupants have a responsibility in snow clearing. As per the Town of Hinton's Nuisance Bylaw (1101), a property owner is responsible for the removal of snow, ice, and other debris on all sidewalks fronting or flanking the property. In failing to remove the snow and ice, the property owner becomes liable for any accident or injury resulting or caused by such. For the safety of all persons, the Town of Hinton requests that all property owners maintain their sidewalks as necessitated by weather conditions.Please also note that as per Bylaw 1101 (Nuisance bylaw) approved on October 6th, 2015, the disposal of snow from private lands to public lands requires expressed permission from the CAO. Please contact Bylaw Services at 780-865-6009 for more information.
If you are needing assistance clearing snow, or would like to offer your help in clearing neighbours walks, please use this link to find a Hinton Volunteer Centre thread intended to help connect you.