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Winter is well on its way, and Town of Golden staff is busy preparing for snow removal duties to help keep roads and sidewalks safe this season.

When it snows, it’s the Town’s job to clear more than 55 kilometres of roads and over 20 kilometres of trails and sidewalks.

"It is our goal to provide you with the best service as possible this winter," said Jon Wilsgard, Chief Administrative Officer. "Golden’s standard of snow maintenance far exceeds most communities in the province. We brand ourselves on it, and with your help we can continue that reputation.”

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 through effective, efficient and affordable snow and ice control operations.

The policy provides staff with an established priority-based system for winter maintenance. Hills, major streets and emergency routes are cleared first. In general, after a snowstorm, removal 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. Driveways of registered seniors and persons with disabilities are plowed after an initial clean-up has been completed.

“The priority-based system helps keep the greatest number of drivers, and emergency vehicles, moving safely through the community,” explained Wilsgard. “We thank residents for their patience and cooperation during the winter months.”
 
Residents and businesses are encouraged to do their part to help Golden’s snow removal crew be as effective as possible.

For residents
Keeping Golden’s roads and alleyways clear is an important part of helping make winter operations more efficient and to ensure public safety:

  • Please keep vehicles off roadways and out of alleyways leading up to and after a storm event.
  • Alleyways should be clear of woodpiles, boats and cars and travel trailers.
  • Watch for snow removal and parking restriction signs and adhere to all posted signage. 

When clearing driveways, clear to the right and try to wait until the equipment has gone through at least once. Crews often return to widen roads which results in additional windrowing across driveways. Shovelling out on to the roadways is a bylaw infraction.

For businesses
Businesses and commercial property owners are required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of their building by noon every day (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), as outlined in the Traffic, Parking and Streets Regulation Bylaw #966.

The Town reminds the community to be aware of equipment, ice on sidewalks and 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.