City offers winter tips for working with snow-removal efforts

With the imminent arrival of winter and the current conditions of cold and snow, the City has geared up for seasonal snow removal efforts. Here are some winter maintenance reminders:
Parking restrictions
A reminder that on-street parking is not permitted on City streets from 12:01–7 a.m. and 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, from Dec. 1 through March 31. This ensures that the streets can be completely cleared and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street.
Plowing of City roads
The priority are the main roads, those with the most traffic in the city. These roads are serviced when at least five cm of snow has fallen. The secondary (residential) routes are plowed when there is at least eight cm of snow. The goal is to have most routes plowed 12–24 hours after the end of a snow fall. With Barrie’s Plow Tracker, you can track the progress of the road plows and see when your street was last serviced. A reminder: plows can’t avoid leaving snow at the bottom of driveways because they can’t lift the blades in between driveways.
Sidewalk plowing
Sidewalk plowing is done on main sidewalks when five cm of snow falls and on residential sidewalks when there’s eight cm of snow. If you see a sidewalk plow driving on the road, there’s a good reason—they’re travelling to their next destination for plowing because it’s faster than travelling on the sidewalk.
Waste collection
Shovel out a small area at the bottom of your driveway for your garbage, recycling boxes and green bin, as far from the road as possible without blocking the sidewalk. Do not place them on top of the snow bank. 
For more information and updates about winter maintenance, visit www.barrie.ca/Snow.

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