60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3X9
Tel: 902-543-4651 Fax: 902-543-6876
Emergency After Hours Tel: 902-543-5142

TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER SERVICE NOTICES >>> Service notices will be placed in this section as they are received

TRANSIT >>>
Bridgewater Transit went into service at 8 a.m. Service will end early tonight at 6 p.m. in anticiption of the freezing rain forecast for later today.

TOWN HALL >>> Town Hall and Town of Bridgewater public offices are closed for the day. Staff will be working from home and able to provide service to the public remotely via phone and e-mail.

DESBRISAY MUSEUM >>> Closed for today.

LCLC >>> Closed as of 12 noon.

WASTE SITE UPDATE >>> Waste collection for Friday, February 4, 2022, has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 5, in the Town of Bridgewater and Municipality of Lunenburg. Waste must be curbside by 7 a.m. in the Municipality and 8 a.m. in Bridgewater. Questions? Waste Hotline 1-855-530-3324. The Community Recycling Centre will be closed February 4, reopening February 5.

FREEZING RAIN WARNING  IN EFFECT >>> A winter storm will bring an extended period of potentially severe freezing rain. Per Environment Canada: Periods of rain will transition to freezing rain and ice pellets later tonight or Friday morning. Freezing rain will become heavy at times and continue through Friday evening into Saturday morning. Current guidance indicates a risk of significant ice accretion on surfaces by Saturday morning.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and extremely hazardous. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice. Extended and widespread utility outages are possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet reports using #NSStorm.

WINTER PARKING ALERT >>> During and after a storm, under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act there is no parking permitted on streets. Parking a vehicle on the street will obstruct necessary winter maintenance and is a safety hazard. If you leave your vehicle parked on the street during a storm, it could be ticketed and towed at your expense -- please ensure you find off-street parking for your vehicle during and after a storm as clean-up operations take place.

CLOSED STREETS >>> If you encounter a street that has been barricaded/closed to traffic so that snow removal can take place, do NOT drive past the barricade and use that street. Travelling on streets that have been closed for snow removal is hazardous to both you and snow-clearing operators, and you may not be able to exit the work area at the other end. Please abide by street closures for snow removal and change your travel route accordingly.

SNOW-CLEARING REMINDERS >>> Do not move or plow snow from your property on to a street or sidewalk. Not only is that not helpful to drivers and pedestrians alike, it's actually a violation of Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act. Under the rules in that section, no person shall deposit snow or ice on the travelled way of a street or near a portion of the travelled way that hinders clearing efforts. That regulation extends to citizens and private contractors who have been hired to conduct snow-related property maintenance.

If you're putting out your compost cart or waste bags for pick up, please ensure that those items are not placed on the sidewalk or in a manner that could impede snow clearing or pedestrian traffic.

SNOW CLEARING ORDER OF OPERATIONS >>>
-- There are about 70 kms of streets and 35 kms of sidewalks in Bridgewater, so cleaning up after a storm takes time. Be patient and, if possible, please stay off the roads until snow clearing has taken place. This makes it easier for plow operators and lessens the potential burden on emergency responders.
-- 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.
-- From 12 to 24 hours after a storm, focus areas generally include school zones, the downtown, secondary streets, then sidewalk maintenance.
-- Plow It Forward: if you can help out a neighbour or volunteer to clear a fire hydrant, it helps your community and our snow-clearing crews. Did you know there are about 500 fire hydrants in Bridgewater? Every hydrant our community can clear is a big help to our snow-clearing crews!
-- PLEASE NOTE: THESE SERVICE LEVELS ARE BASED ON A TYPICAL WINTER SNOWFALL OF ABOUT 20CM. FOR LARGER WINTER STORMS, OR STORMS WHERE FREEZING RAIN/ICE ARE MIXED IN, ADDITIONAL POST-STORM CLEAN UP TIME WILL BE REQUIRED. PLEASE BE PATIENT, SAFE, AND ONLY MAKE ESSENTIAL TRIPS OUT WHILE STORM-CLEARING OPERATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE.

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