Winter Operations

Winter operations:

  • The Town is committed to improving safe passage for residents, visitors and businesses and ensuring roadways are passable for emergency response vehicles
  • Begin Nov. 15 and extend to Apr. 15 each year, for maintenance and operations
  • The Town is divided into nine areas consisting of primary and secondary roads, with the urban centres priority (Snow Route Boundary Map)
  • The Town makes best efforts to remove snow and ice in a timely manner.
  • The Town does not operate on a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) day a week schedule; however, after regular daytime hours there are staff who monitors the local weather conditions and patrols the roads when necessary to determine what, if any, activities should commence. 

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  1. Q.   Does the Town use salt on the road?

            A.   Yes, but not just straight salt.  The Town uses a mixture comprised of 1 part salt to 3 parts of natural sand (by weight) that is applied at different rates per kilometer (ie. 300kg/km, 460 kg/km, 600kg/km) depending on the weather and road conditions at the time.

  1. Q.   Why doesn’t the plow do a better job clearing the snow from my cul-de-sac?

           A.   It’s very difficult for an operator of a large snowplow truck to maneuver in a cul-de-sac in such a manner as to clear all of the snow from around its center island area.  One of the primary purposes of a cul-de-sac island is to provide storage room for excess snow to be deposited during winter operations.  After a significant amount of snow accumulates within these areas, a front-end loader or backhoe loader and dump trucks are used to remove the excess snow which is scheduled based on availability of manpower and equipment.

  1. Q.   Why does the Town place sand/salt on top of the snow and then plow?

           A.   In addition to providing some traction improvement, the reaction of the salt mixture with the snow creates a brine solution at the road surface.  This brine helps to break the bond between the snow/ice and the road and ultimately facilitates easier removal with winter operations equipment.  Generally, after the roads have received a treatment of sand/salt, the plow trucks are then outfitted with the front plow blades and dispatched to remove the “slushy” snow.  Since the plow blades ride slightly above the road surface, the mixture is not entirely plowed off the road.

  1. Q.   Why then do you not simply plow the road surface and spread sand/salt with the same truck?

           A.   Unfortunately, trucks require a full load of sand/salt for ballast in order to have adequate traction for pushing snow.  Ideally, the Town could send out a snowplow followed immediately by a truck spreading sand/salt; however, this would require considerably more equipment and manpower.  Given the relatively few instances where accumulation occurs prior to response, this would not be cost effective.

  1. Q.   When is the plow getting to my street?

           A.   The Town of Lincoln is geographically, a challenging municipality to maintain when focusing on winter operations.  For example, weather conditions below the escarpment can differ considerably to areas that are above the escarpment.  During an active snow event, it can take many hours to attend to all of the roads in Lincoln, so we ask for your patience and understanding that we are out there, maintaining the roads as best we can..

     6.   Q.   The snowplow driver hit and knocked over my mailbox.  What should I do?

           A.   The Town's practice for replacing a rural mailbox that may have been damaged by Town staff (ie. snowplow operator) during winter maintenance activities or general road maintenance works is to replace it as soon as practicable.  Once you notice that your mailbox was damaged you should contact the Town of Lincoln immediately.  However, if staff cannot replace it right away, for instance during a snow storm, or a complete new post needs to be installed, then a temporary box will be placed while the permanent replacement will be scheduled in early springtime.  It should also be noted that the Town does not replace custom mailboxes with the same, but will replace the damaged one with a new metal rural-type mailbox.

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