Winter is here, bringing with it plenty of snow and icy weather.
After last week’s blast that brought Golden’s heftiest snowfall of the season so far, here is what you need to know about town snow removal.
During the winter, the Town clears more than 55 kilometres of road and over 20 kilometres of trails and sidewalks, with Golden’s annual snowfall averaging about 185 centimetres.
It can take a minimum of two to three days to recover from a large snowstorm.
The Town’s Snow Clearing and Sanding Policy focuses on providing safe municipal roads, sidewalks and parking lots during winter conditions.
The policy outlines the priorities for Town staff for winter maintenance; hills, major streets and emergency routes are cleared first. According to the Town, priority removal typically begins with 9th Street South and 10th Avenue North (within the confines of the Town’s jurisdiction); significant hills including Selkirk, Lafontaine and Gareb Road; the area around the Fire Hall; and school routes.
Once main routes are cleared, snow removal continues with Town owned parking areas; remaining residential streets; the Airport; and remaining sidewalks and trails. Driveway windrows of registered seniors and persons with disabilities are plowed after an initial clean-up has been completed.
Resident are encouraged to keep vehicles off roadways and out of alleys leading up to and after a storm event to help with snow removal.
Throughout the winter season keep roads, alleyways and boulevards clear of woodpiles, cars, boats, travel trailers, recreational vehicles and anything else that might obstruct snow removal or emergency vehicles.
Watch for snow removal and parking restriction signs and adhere to all posted signage.
“Golden’s standard of snow maintenance far exceeds most communities in the province. We brand ourselves on it, and with the help of residents and businesses we can continue that reputation,” said CAO Jon Wilsgard.
“The priority-based system helps keep the greatest number of drivers, and emergency vehicles, moving safely through the community, we thank residents for their patience and cooperation during the winter months.”
Businesses should keep sidewalks clear after snow. After a significant storm, the Town will clear downtown sidewalks.
During business hours, it is the responsibility of businesses to remove snow around doorways, access areas and away from buildings, applying either traction control or ice melting product to the same area.
Do no shovel snow over the curb and onto the street.
The Town reminds the community to be aware of equipment, ice on sidewalks and to plan ahead. Drive according to the conditions and if walking, wear appropriate footwear to prevent accidental slips and falls.
For more information on winter maintenance, visit golden.ca/snow.