Snow Removal Operations

Snow Removal Operations

Snow and ice control on roads are a key service the City of Bathurst provides. Drivers and those who choose Active Transportation, such as cycling or walking, depend on clear roads and sidewalks to travel safely within the city.

The City takes a strategic approach to snow and ice control. Salt is applied at the onset of a storm to prevent ice and snow from bonding to the pavement. Emergency route #1 and #2 streets are scraped continuously during a storm to keep the City moving. Depending on the size of the storm, salt can continuously be applied or simply be applied after the storm is over to ensure users are safe and able to travel through the city.



Sidewalks in heavy pedestrian areas, like the downtown business district and school zones are scraped during a storm if it is during the day, or before the next morning if it is after hours and possible.

Full cleanup of all streets and sidewalks begins once a storm has ended or reached an accumulation triggering the need to start cleaning up side streets, which is about 4 inches (10 centimeters).
Streets :
  • 0” – 6” accumulation, 8 hours
  • 7” – 24” accumulation, 16 hours
Sidewalks :
  • 0” – 6” accumulation, 8 hours
  • 7” – 12” accumulation, 16 hours
  • 13” + accumulation, NTF



When it snows in Bathurst, City crews are busy applying salt to major streets and scraping those routes to keep the city moving. However, snow plowing operations for the entire city always begins at the end of a storm or when the accumulations exceed 4 inches during the storm.

Once the storm finishes, City staff plow all streets within 16 hours based on a 2-level priority system, determined by traffic volume and access:
  • Emergency streets are arterials and major collector roads such as St-Peter, St-Anne, Vanier, Sunset, Youghall, Miramichi, Main, Bridge and King.
  • Selective streets are minor collector roads and local streets.

All sidewalks are plowed within 8-16 hours of a storm end. Sidewalks in heavy pedestrian areas, like the downtown business district and school zones are scraped during a storm if it is during the day, or before the next morning if it is after hours and possible. 



Work on cleaning up the city after a snowstorm does not stop once snow plowing is finished. Once the snow has finished and all streets are plowed, City crews work on the final steps of cleanup. These steps include: 

  • pushing back snow banks;
  • cutting ice with graders;
  • widening streets after a snow fall;
  • clearing fire hydrants;
  • pushing bank snow from corners to address site restrictions;
  • addressing snow pushed into right-of-ways;
  • moving snow to snow dumps.

Residents can assist City staff in their cleanup work following these tips:

  • Don’t push/place snow on streets or sidewalks;
  • Keep garbage containers out of harms way, at least 1 metre (3 feet) inside their driveway;
  • Park vehicles off street, well into driveway (refer to Paragraph 29 of By-Law 2011-07);
  • Mark and protect hedges and fences with flagging tape;
  • Keep catch basins near property clear;
  • Drive according to the winter conditions;
  • Wear winter footwear. Safety first;
  • Watch where your children play – snowbanks are not a good place to build forts or slide down.



The winter snow removal is a key part of the City of Bathurst’s strategic approach to snow removal and ice control each winter. During a storm, salt is applied at the onset of a storm to prevent ice and snow bonding to pavement. City staff plow streets once the storm finishes based on priority. After the snow plowing is over, the snow hauling begins where needed.

Snow removal takes place overnight once snow accumulates in the city. Crews work from midnight to the early morning around the city, pushing back snow banks and loading snow to a series of tractor trailers, which then transport it to the City snow dumping locations. 


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