We do our best to maintain municipal roads, sidewalks and recreational trails within 24 hours after the end of snowfall. It may take longer if weather conditions are severe.
Remember to clear the way! Don’t park on your street until it has been salted or plowed, otherwise your car may be towed.
The City of Brampton services its roads on a priority system, with arterial roads cleared first, collector roads second, and local roads third.
Arterial roads (e.g. Bramalea Road, McLaughlin Road):
- Major traffic corridors for traffic, transit, and emergency services
- The first to be cleared when it snows
- Pre-treated and plowed continuously during any snowfall
Collector roads (e.g. Centre Street, Professor's Lake Parkway):
- Collect and distribute traffic between arterial and local roads
- Receive second priority during snow clearing operations
- Include Brampton Transit routes and streets where Peel District schools are located
Local roads (the streets and courts in your neighbourhood):
- Maintained once arterial and collector routes are cleared
- Treated with salt (sand may be used during extreme cold weather)
- Plowed when at least 5 cm of snow falls in a single storm
Important notes about local snow clearing:
- Local streets are not plowed to a bare pavement condition. It is normal for some snow to stay on the ground, even after the plow has gone by.
- The City does not clear driveway windrows (the pile of snow left at the end of your driveway after the plow goes by).
- Courts, also called cul-de-sacs, require the use of special equipment and can take longer to clear. The snow pile in the middle of a court is removed when there is not enough storage area for the next snow event.
Our goal is to maintain streets so
that they are safe and passable within 24 hours following the end of a snow
event. Here’s what that means for different kinds of roads:
- Arterials – Bare pavement, completely clear of ice and snow. May be wet or dry
- Collectors – Conditions range from bare to track bare pavement (snow covered except for wheel tracks)
- Locals – Roads can be track bare or snow-covered