Winter Maintenance – Snow Clearing

Winter Maintenance – Snow Clearing
City Truck in Snow

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With 400 lane kilometers of streets and roads throughout the City of Salmon Arm, it is a challenging exercise to balance staffing, resources, budgets and weather conditions. Salmon Arm relies on your cooperation to help keep our streets and sidewalks safe during the winter. Please read the following carefully.

Snow Clearing Priority

Snow Removal Priority Routes

Snow and ice control operations by the city such as salting, plowing and removal, in some instances, are performed 24 hours a day. Clearing snow can take up to three days after the end of a snowstorm and is completed based on a predetermined priority basis.


During and after a significant snowfall, the primary concern is keeping the arterial routes / major roads clear and passable. These routes may be done several times prior to other roads being done once, which can leave secondary roads noticeably unattended.

With a significant snowfall it can be a challenge over several days to get all streets and sidewalks cleared. Below is our priority-based decision matrix:

  1. Major arterial and collector routes – 30 Street and Okanagan Avenue (may be plowed several times during a snow event before all streets are cleared)
  2. Hospital, bus routes, school zones and severe hill areas
  3. Major local routes – 17 Street SE between Auto Road SE and Okanagan Avenue and similar streets
  4. Local streets / subdivisions
  5. No thru roads and cul-de-sacs
  6. Gravel roads, lane ways, back alleys and dead end roads
  7. Sidewalks

The city hires contractors to plow or blow snow from the sidewalks with school zones and steep areas on a priority basis. Sidewalk snow is plowed when accumulations exceed 75 mm and after clearing is finished the city sands the steep sidewalks, school zones and the hospital areas.

Snow Removal Infographic

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