Complaints Accumulate Over Windsor Road Plowing

Many of Windsor's picturesque tree lined streets were barely passable during a snow storm on 9 February 2018. Visibility was also a cause for concern for motorists and pedestrians alike.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Many of Windsor’s picturesque tree lined streets were barely passable during a snow storm on 9 February 2018. Visibility was also a cause for concern for motorists and pedestrians alike.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Council has asked for a report from Administration on the rules that are followed by staff in assigning snow plows to city streets. The report, now being prepared, was revealed by the city’s Deputy City Engineer, Dwayne Dawson, in a response to an inquiring citizen which was then posted on Facebook.

As Windsor endured a snow storm of recent epic proportions on February 9, social media sites such as Facebook were snowed under in complaints about the state of the city’s streets.

Dawson made it clear that there are rules in place. The clean-up effort, he explained, is, “focused on clearing and salting 21 snow routes throughout the City.” These are the city’s main streets, including, “EC Row Expressway, arterial roads, collector roads, Transit Windsor routes and roads fronting schools.”

Only if a snow event delivers 4” of snow will we, “clear residential streets throughout the City.”

The key point from Dawson is that snowfall totals are never cumulative. He explained that if multiple, “snowfalls over the course of days that add up to over 4″ of snow does not trigger us to clear residential roads.”

In other words, city streets with more than four inches of snow will not be plowed if the snow arrived on separate days.

According to Dawson, since the start of the current winter season the city has cleared all residential roads twice, “once in mid-December and again just after Christmas, both the result of individual snowfalls over 4.”

However, there can be exceptions to the rule.

Dawson said in cases of numerous snowfalls that are under the 4″ threshold, the city will, “continue to monitor the residential roads to ensure they are passable for the public and will react if necessary to clear them.”

And while his department is preparing a report on residential snow clearing service levels for Council, his department’s modus operandi will not change. There is also no guarantee Council will change any of the rules currently in place.

Dawson said the system now being followed is useful in setting the budget for snow clearing.

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Robert Tuomi
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After initially succeeding as a broadcast journalist and achieving senior level assignments, Robert branched out into marketing communications. As a senior executive, primarily in the high-tech industry, Robert created award-winning and comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives to enhance sales and expand market awareness for some of the largest companies in their fields.Email Robert Tuomi

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