Hamilton set to enhance its sidewalk snow-clearing program next winter

This article, from November 15, has information on the City enhancing its snow-clearing program.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Starting next winter (2022-2023), the city will clear an additional 469 kilometres of sidewalk along transit routes and near schools, whenever there is 5 cm or more of snowfall.

For more details, please continue reading below…

The City currently clears snow from 397 km of the approximately
2,445 km of sidewalks across Hamilton including sidewalks on municipally owned property, along reverse frontage lots, Ancaster in its entirety, and sidewalks adjacent to school property owned by either the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) or the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB).

In April of 2021, Council approved a level of service (LOS) enhancement for sidewalk snow clearing which involved maintaining sidewalks which are located along all Priority 1 roadways and Priority 2A roadways where transit operates, including an increase of $2.34 million to the Sidewalk Snow Clearing Operating budget.

For these sidewalks, snow clearing is activated when accumulation is 5 cm or greater and cleared to a snow packed end condition with de-icing material application when required.

At the most recent public works committee (starting at page 55), awarded a contract of 5 years to Forest Ridge Landscaping, who will be responsible for the additional 469 kms of priority roadway which will need to be cleared. The company’s contract is for $3.1 million.

The following maps indicate the additional sidewalk snow clearing routes:

Current routes and new additions for sidewalk snow clearing (C/o the City of Hamilton)
Current routes and new additions for sidewalk snow clearing (C/o the City of Hamilton)

The City will set aside an additional $1.3 million in the city’s operating budget for sand, salt and to pay for any repairs resulting from property damage.

The City is also reminding residents that it is their responsibility to cover snow clearing in front of their property within 24 hours of the last snowfall.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.