Snow plow priorities

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Priority 1 streets (Major arterial roads):

  • Service level during a snowfall: includes plowing and/or de-icing according to weather conditions. All priority 1 routes are maintained until they meet or exceed minimum maintenance standards.

Priority 2 streets (Major collector roads and Grand River Transit routes):

  • Service level during a snowfall: includes plowing and/or de-icing according to weather conditions, including Grand River Transit routes, hills and curves, and access roads carrying 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles per day. 
  • Work on Priority 2 streets begins only after Priority 1 streets have been completed. If snow resumes while in Priority 1 or 2, then clearing Priority 1 roads is restarted.

Priority 3 streets (Full plow of local residential streets)

  • Service level during a snowfall: includes  plowing and/or de-icing according to weather conditions for a full plow of local residential streets.
  • These streets are generally not salted and/or sanded unless icy conditions occur.
  • Work on Priority 3 routes starts only after priorities 1 and 2 have been completed. If snow resumes while in Priority 1 or 2, then clearing Priority 1 roads is restarted.

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