Where’s the Plow?

Knock on wood, but we’ve been rather fortunate this winter. With very few major snowfalls, we’ve avoided certain tasks like shovelling, salting and shovelling again after the plow passes!

But when we do get a good accumulation of snow, our office sometimes receives inquiries about why their street might have been missed or overlooked during clean-up. With that in mind, we thought some helpful tips could help answer some of these questions.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Knock on wood, but we’ve been rather fortunate this winter. With very few major snowfalls, we’ve avoided certain tasks like shovelling, salting and shovelling again after the plow passes!

But when we do get a good accumulation of snow, our office sometimes receives inquiries about why their street might have been missed or overlooked during clean-up. With that in mind, we thought some helpful tips could help answer some of these questions.

For more, please continue reading below…

The City of Hamilton website has numerous answers to  Frequently Asked Questions about preparing for snowstorms, how the city responds to winter storms and information about homeowner or occupant responsibilities for clearing snow and ice.

One of the concerns we hear often from residents is why their street has not been plowed. The city works on a priority basis to ensure that roads are clear of snow and ice for emergency vehicles, buses, businesses and major institutions like schools and hospitals.

    • First priority is main routes and escarpment routes
    • Second priority is collector roads
    • Third priority is neighbourhood streets

The City also hosts Hamilton Plow Tracker, where one can track the routes of city plows at any time. Just like the Santa Tracker.

Hamilton Plow Tracker (City of Hamilton)

Prior to a storm, the City recommends avoiding parking on the street where possible (especially if you have space in the driveway) to give plows as much room as possible to safely and fully clear the street.

And as always, the City requires property owners or occupants to clear their walkways and sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall. Un-shovelled walkways and sidewalks can be dangerous for your neighbours with mobility issues, young children or senior citizens – they will greatly appreciate the gesture.

Questions or concerns?

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