Column: November 30, 2017

Snow clearing maintenance standards

As winter will soon be upon us, I want to remind residents of the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards. Roads Services is responsible for the City’s snow and ice control program. An effective winter maintenance program is essential to allow the City to function under normal winter weather conditions.

When a snowstorm begins, crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to residential roads. The City has developed maintenance standards and they are used to prioritize how frequently roads are plowed, how ice is controlled and how snow is removed. City crews plow residential roads to a snow-packed surface. When necessary, materials will be applied to keep roads safe.

All high priority roads and arterials (like Carp, Dunrobin and March Roads) will start being cleared as accumulation begins to the treatment standard of bare pavement within 2 to 3 hours. The time to clear snow from residential roads (like Charlie’s Lane where I live) starts when there is accumulation of 7 cm or more and will be cleared within 10 hours from the end of snow accumulation to a treatment standard of snow packed.

With approximately 882 km of roads in West Carleton-March, City crews cannot possibly plow all our roads at the same time. The maintenance standards in place work well and keep residents and vehicles moving in the most efficient way possible. More information on snow clearing standards are posted on ottawa.ca.

During a snow event, residents can inquire about snow clearing on their road by submitting an online service request via ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1 directly.

Christmas spirit alive & well in Ward 5

December is going to be busy month in West Carleton with many holiday events scheduled. From bake sales and craft fairs, to parades and Christmas concerts, there is something for everyone’s taste this holiday season. Visit the “Ward Events” section of my website frequently (eliel-chantiry.ca) as I’ve listed some of the upcoming events taking place.

Reminder: West Carleton-March Food Drive

My Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is now ongoing! Drop off non-perishable food items to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection continues until December 22. Please, no expired products.