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Notice to motorists about snow removal

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
January 12th, 2011

Residents and businesses can provide assistance to City maintenance crews by observing the following practices and bylaws during the cold and snowy winter months:

City street parking

Odd numbered days, park on the odd numbered side of streets and even numbered days, park on the even side of streets.

This practice will allow us to plow close to the curbs and maintain maximum street width. If you have off-street parking available, please do not park on the street.

Keep parked cars clear of snow for easy visibility to plow operators.

Do not leave vehicles and trailers parked on City streets more than 72 consecutive hours. If leaving town without your vehicle, make provisions to have it cleaned of snow and moved regularly.

Under City bylaw, violating vehicles may be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.

Snow removal

Do not shovel snow from a sidewalk, boulevard or driveway back onto a plowed street (City Bylaw # 701 (3) (a)).

Residents are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their premises after each snowfall on a regular basis.

Every owner or occupier of a business premises must remove any accumulation of snow or ice from the sidewalk abutting their business, no later than 11 a.m. (City Bylaw # 701 (1)).

When clearing downtown sidewalks please do not push the snow into the amenity areas (City Bylaw # 701 (3) (a)).


When driving around the City during severe winter conditions, try to follow the transit bus route. These routes get first priority for plowing and sanding.

Snow plowing protocols

Priority 1
The first priority is to clear emergency routes and bus routes. These systems of streets provide a plowed street within two or three blocks of all areas of the city. During heavy snowfalls these routes would be the only streets plowed until the snow stops.

Priority 2
The second priority is to plow remaining areas of downtown, major collector roads and school zones.

Priority 3
The third priority is to plow residential streets, beginning with the up down streets, such as Ward and Josephine Streets, then the cross streets, such as Gore and Innes Streets.

Priority 4
The fourth priority is to clear all dead end streets. A dead end street is a street with no exit and is sometimes narrow and steep. There are 78 dead end streets in the city, 29 in Rosemont, 28 in Uphill/downtown and 21 in Fairview. 

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