With the first noteworthy snowfall event of the season in the forecast for Thursday, it's a good time to remind folks about what to expect before and after a storm here in Bridgewater.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
-- Roads are generally salted before a storm to deter the formation of a layer of ice on asphalt below snow cover.
-- Plowing typically begins when there is about 7 to 10 cm of snow down, with priority being given to primary routes within the first 12 hours after a storm. Supervisors are in communication with emergency officials during a storm to coordinate response to emergency calls as needed.
-- There are 70 kms of streets and 35 kms of sidewalks in Bridgewater, so cleaning up after a storm takes time. Be patient and, if possible, stay off the roads until snow clearing has taken place.
-- From 12 to 24 hours after a storm, focus areas generally include school zones, the downtown, secondary streets, then sidewalk maintenance.
-- During a storm, under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person is permitted to park on a street that could obstruct winter maintenance. Your vehicle could be towed, so please be prepared to find off-street parking.
-- Plow It Forward: if you can help a neighbour or volunteer to clear a fire hydrant, it helps your community!
-- Regarding waste, all solid waste to be collected by the Town should be accessible to the collection contractor within 3 metres (approximately 10 feet) of the curb or travel‐way, placed in such a manner as to not interfere with pedestrian traffic and snow removal. There have been compost carts placed on the sidewalks in that past and they prohibit snow removal and the Town will not be responsible for broken carts if they happen to get hit by the sidewalk plow.