Snow Clearing

Snow Clearing

The Town of Conception Bay South strives to provide an effective and efficient winter control program by:

  • Condition monitoring
  • Anti-icing and de-icing
  • Snow clearing on roads and sidewalks
  • Snow removal

Service and Priority

  • The priority for snow clearing roads is determined by street classification. Collector roads are main priority. The priority for snow clearing of Town parking lots is determined by usage. Priorities are also determined by local environmental conditions.
  • Once streets are cleared, sidewalk clearing takes place. This is prioritized by school zone areas, Route 60, then remaining areas.
  • Additional contractors are called in during major weather events.
  • Equipment generally does not de-ice and plow simultaneously.
  • Cul-de-sacs are salted or cleared in a counter clockwise direction with center snow piling.
  • Snow removal is completed as conditions allow and generally in the evening and night.
  • Snow removal typically occurs from midnight to 8 a.m., when there is the least amount of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in residential and commercial areas. However, snow removal may happen anytime depending on weather conditions.
  • Working overnight provides a safer environment for various winter control practices and provides an opportunity to have school zone sidewalks cleared by morning.
  • Route 60, Foxtrap Access Road, Peacekeepers Way, and the Manuels Bypass are maintained by the Department of Transportation and Works.
  • Fire hydrants are addressed by Town staff as resources become available. Snow clearing operations of roads and sidewalks are priority. There are approximately 1,300 fire hydrants in the Town of Conception Bay South, so we ask residents to please do their part in keeping the hydrant near their house accessible. Residents are both permitted and encouraged to clear fire hydrants areas. Every second counts in an emergency.

By The Numbers

  • Approximately 35 full and part-time staff support the engagement of 18 pieces of snow-clearing equipment within a 24-hour period.
  • 3 shifts are scheduled 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, with weekend on-call as needed.
  • Municipal workers are responsible for clearing 237 km of public roads, 31 km of sidewalks, and 75,000 m2 of public/parking lots.
  • Even with the full fleet in operation it takes approximately 8 hours to clear the entire Town.

Snow Clearing Period

The snow clearing period is December 1 – April 30, both days inclusive, and any other period when unusual snow and/or ice conditions prevail.

Winter Parking Ban

Residents of Conception Bay South and motorists parking within the Town are advised that the Winter Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 until April 30, both days inclusive, on all roads and streets.

  • No person shall park an unattended vehicle on any street, road reservation, or municipal parking areas in such a way to interfere with, hinder or obstruct snow clearing operations;
  • No person shall park an unattended vehicle on any street or road reservation within the Town;
    • Between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. during the Snow Clearing Period regardless of weather conditions; or
    • During a snow storm; or
    • During the 24 hours immediately following a snow storm; or
    • During such other period as may be declared by Council to enable clean-up after a severe storm or snowfall.

Any motor vehicle parked contrary to Regulations may be ticketed and/or towed away by council or their representatives, at owner’s risk and expense, to a place selected by Council or person so authorized. Your cooperation will greatly assist with snow clearing operations. As always, we thank residents for their continued patience and cooperation during snow clearing season.

Town regulations are strictly enforced. Any motor vehicle parked contrary to the Snow Clearing Regulations or Traffic Regulations may be ticketed and/or towed by the Town or its representatives, at the owner’s risk and expense.

011 - Snow Clearing Regulations
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010 - Traffic Regulations
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Damaged Property

All claims for damage due to snow clearing operations must be made in writing to the Town prior to May 31 each year. Claims can be submitted by e-mail to or by visiting the Engineering and Public Works Department located on the upper floor at the Town Hall.  Please ensure that you include the following information in your claim:

  • Your full name
  • Contact number/email
  • Your full mailing address
  • Time and date that the damage occurred
  • Type of equipment that caused the damage (Make and Unit # if possible)
  • Any picture that you may have of the damage

Verbal claims and/or written claims received by the Town after May 31 will not be accepted.  Please refer to the Snow Clearing Regulations for more information.

Contact Engineering and Public Works

Call: (709) 834-6500 ext. 301


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