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Winter Control

Winter control services, for areas within the Township of Ramara's jurisdiction, follows a Council approved Winter Control Policy which meets Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways. The Municipal Works staff provides plowing, sanding, ice treatment and ice blading to ensure the following is met:

  • Reduce the hazards of icy road conditions.
  • Reduce economic losses to the community and industry.   
  • Facilitate the access of emergency services.
  • Provide safe school bus routes.
  • Provide local access for the driving public.
 Snow plow driving in winter
All roads, within the Township of Ramara, do not require the same level of service. Service is given in accordance with the role a particular road plays within the total transportation network. In accordance with the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways, Municipal Act 2001, roads within the Township of Ramara's jurisdiction fall into four categories:
  • Class 3
  • Class 4
  • Class 5
  • Class 6

What can Residents do?

Each year, the Township requests the cooperation of all persons in helping with the snow removal operations. A person can keep vehicles from obstructing snow removal operations (i.e. not parking on the road) and placing snow from private property onto Municipal roadways. Necessary action will be taken against any person who contravenes the Highway Traffic Act in this respect.

Under the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter H.8, Section 181 - “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. “Contravention of this Act can lead to a fine being imposed upon the property owner.

Under the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter H.8, Section 170 (12) – “Despite the other provisions of this section, no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a highway in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or the clearing of snow from the highway.”

PLEASE NOTE! The Township of Ramara has implemented a new bylaw restricting overnight parking on Township roads between November 15th and April 15th between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7 a.m.  Parking restrictions will be in effect whether there is snow or not.

  • As well, mailboxes should be kept clear of snow to allow the plow driver to see them, and garbage bins removed from the road allowance.
  • When clearing your driveway, consider the direction of travel of the snow plow. Move snow to the side of your property that the plow finishes on so less snow will be spread back across the driveway.
     
  • Do not blow or place snow onto the roadway. Blow or place snow onto the boulevard or your own front/ side yard.
  • Keep children off snow banks to prevent them from slipping into the path of vehicles and equipment. Do not let children tunnel into snow banks. The snow can collapse or be pushed back by snow plows.
     
  • On your waste collection day, make sure your garbage container, blue boxes and green bin are visible. Do not place items on the roadway.

For safety reasons, when clearing snow and ice, property owners and occupants must ensure that the snow and ice is not placed in any of the following ways:

  • Immediately beside or blocking access to a fire hydrant
  • In such a manner that it would block drainage to any drain, sewer catch basin or culvert
  • On a road or boulevard as it could interfere with traffic, cause an accident and can result in a ticket

As snow and ice builds up on the street, clearing the area around catch basins (sewer grates), curbside gutters and drainage ditches will help to prevent flooding and property damage.

Please drive according to weather conditions.

Kathy Sipos
Manager of Municipal Works
Township of Ramara

Plowing

After becoming aware of the fact that snow accumulation on a roadway is greater than the depth set out in the following table, snow clearing resources will be deployed. Roads will be plowed within the time lines set out.

Plowing will commence no earlier than 4 a.m. and cease at 8 p.m., unless severe conditions or emergency services require it. Plowing outside these core hours (4 a.m. to 8 p.m.) shall be authorized by the Manager of Municipal Works or CAO.

Class of Road Depth Time
3 8 cm (3”) 12 hours
4 8 cm (3”) 16 hours
5 10 cm (4”) 24 hours

Sanding

Class 3 and Class 4 paved roads will be sanded in their entirety to achieve center bare conditions. Class 5 paved roads will be sanded at intersections, curves, hills and railway tracks.

Gravel roads will be spot sanded when ice blading cannot be achieved within the time frames above.

Blanket coverage shall occur only during extreme icy conditions and/or freezing rain.

Sanders will commence no earlier than 4 a.m. and cease at 8 p.m., unless severe conditions or emergency services require it. This shall be authorized by the Manager of Municipal Works or CAO.

Sand/salt mix shall be spread at a rate of 225kg to 280 kg per kilometer and shall be a minimum of 4% salt.

Ice Treatment

After becoming aware of the fact that a roadway is icy, icy roads will be treated with sanding or ice blading within the time line set out as follows:

        

Class of Road Time
3 8 hours
4 12 hours
5 16 hours

Ice Blading

Gravel roads will be ice bladed either by grader or drag when temperatures and conditions allow.