Snow & Ice Removal

Winter Operations

The Town is committed to improving safe passage for residents, visitors and businesses during the winter season as well as ensuring roadways are passable for emergency response vehicles in the snowy months. Winter maintenance and operations begin on November 15 and extend to April 15 of each year.

Lincoln is divided into nine areas consisting of primary and secondary roads, with the urban centres treated priority areas. Town staff monitor weather and road conditions to respond accordingly for snow/ice removal.

The Town staff are busy out in our plows focusing on making sure roads are passable. As such, the Town annually contracts out other snow removal services.

Contracted services for salting and snow removal activities at the following general locations:

  • Town facility parking lots and sidewalks    

  • Municipal parking lots

  • Fire halls

  • Municipal walkways
  • Senior citizen’s sidewalks
  • Sidewalks adjacent to Regional roads

To assist snow removal on roads, during a snow event, the Town may initiate a Keep It Clear alert prohibiting parking on streets for 72 hours.

Anti-Icing Program

Anti-icing is the application of an ice melting product onto the road surface before an ice build-up occurs. The Town’s, liquid applied anti-icing strategy, is used as a proactive measure to treat dry roads in advance of a forecasted winter event that is predicted with a high probability of occurring. 

  • When precipitation (ie., freezing rain, snow) starts to fall and contacts with the road surface, the pre-applied anti-icing product begins to react, and prevents ice/snow from bonding to the road surface, thus providing immediate traction for motorists
  • Currently, the product used for this program is a blend of degraded sugar beet juice, sodium chloride (salt), and water
  • The making of an all-natural, agricultural product derived from renewable resources blended with sodium chloride has proven to be an effective ice control product used by municipalities
  • As an additional benefit, this sugar beet juice based liquid has the ability to respond to icy conditions in lower temperatures than traditional salt brines

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Town use salt on the road?

  • 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 kilometre depending on the weather and road conditions at the time

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

  • It is very difficult for an operator of a large snowplow truck to maneuver in a cul-de-sac in order to clear all of the snow from around its centre 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
  • This is scheduled based on necessary

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

  • 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

Why does the Town not plow the road surface and spread sand/salt with the same truck?

  • Our snowplow trucks require a full load of sand/salt for stability, 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. This would would require considerably more equipment and manpower
  • Given the relatively few instances where accumulation occurs prior to response, this would not be cost effective 

When is the plow getting to my street?

  • The Town of Lincoln's road network is vast geographically, making it challenging 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 - especially with high winds and accumulation
  • Please know that we are out there, maintaining the roads as best we can

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

  • We will replace your mailbox
  • Once you notice that your mailbox was damaged please 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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