How is this different?
The Town will implement alternate side parking. Residents will notice green traffic delineators along the curb line on some of the roads. Alternate side parking designates car parking on one side of the street, or the other, in advance of next anticipated snow event. The Town intends to provide 24 hours notice.
Designated side parking enables efficient traffic flow while allowing snowplows to reach the curb without parked cars impeding their progress.
When it is prudent to do so, snow will be plowed from the center of the roadway, operators will plow as much snow as possible to one side and, where feasible or necessary, onto residential properties. Improved efficiency and reduced costs will be achieved by not trucking as many loads of snow away.
Operators will follow up with smaller equipment to clear the sidewalks, and remove windrows from driveways within two hours.
The traffic cones and signage will then be moved into new areas once the priority streets are cleared.
Why the change in procedure?
Cost savings: Snow removal is labour intensive and time sensitive. Alternate-side parking and not hauling away all snow, could reduce snow removal costs by an estimated $15, 000 per snow event.
Efficiency: Clearer roads and sidewalks, quicker.
Safety: Vehicles parked on the roads impede the equipment. One side parking expands maneuvering space for snow removal equipment. “Parking on both sides of the streets is a real hindrance,” said John Greathead, Public Works. “For effective winter maintenance, we need at least one live lane to work in.”
How will I know when I can park where?
Public Works staff will post temporary, No Parking-Snow Removal, signs and green traffic delineators on one side of the street before the next significant snowfall.
Residents can expect at least 24 hours notice to allow for the removal of vehicles.