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Priority

The Town of Gander Public Works Department will clean snow from town streets under the following priority system:

PRIORITY 1

Collector Streets - The network of streets that connect various community areas with the commercial areas and with the Provincial Road network. They carry medium to large volumes of traffic at medium speeds.

PRIORITY 2

Local Streets - A local street primarily carries traffic with an origin or destination along its length. It does not carry through traffic other than to immediately adjoining roads. Traffic volumes and traffic speeds are low.

PRIORITY 3

Parking Lots - Municipal Parking Lots in the commercial area that are ploughed and maintained by the Town.

PRIORITY 4

Service Roads that provide access to municipal utilities.

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Procedures

The following procedures and standards will apply to the Town of Gander's snow clearing operations.

PRIORITY 1
COLLECTOR STREETS

The objective is to keep collector streets as bare as possible. Ploughing will be curb to curb and should be continued throughout the storm.

Salt should be applied if required after ploughing is completed. If temperatures are too low to remove ice, the ice can be tolerated for a period of time as long as it does not create a hazard at intersections.

PRIORITY 2
LOCAL STREETS

Some ice or packed snow can be tolerated on local streets as long as it does not become deep enough to cause rutting. If these streets become icy, however, they should be treated with salt or abrasives, particularly at hills and intersections.

Ploughing should begin as soon as possible after the conditions on the Collector Streets are under control. Ploughing of all streets should be completed within four to five hours after the end of the storm.

PRIORITY 3
PARKING LOTS

The objective should be to have all Parking Lots ploughed before 9:00 a.m. on all business days. Sometimes, because of other priorities, this may not be possible. On these occasions, an effort should be made to plough a minimum of 20% of each Parking Lot before 9:00 a.m. The remainder of the Parking Lots can be ploughed later after all  streets have been ploughed.

PRIORITY 4
SERVICE ROADS

Service roads should be ploughed as soon as possible after the storm is over. Service Roads in the business area should be ploughed before 9:00 a.m. when possible. The Service Road to the rear of Gander Academy and all school Bus Stops should be ploughed before school opens.

SNOW REMOVAL

When ploughing has been completed after a major snow storm, it is often necessary to widen the streets by blowing it onto lawns or similar areas.

Snow blowing should begin immediately after all ploughing has been completed. Each street should be widened on one side before widening of the second side begins.

Trucking of snow to snow disposal dumps is often necessary from the streets in the commercial area, from parking lots and from cul de sacs. This work should take place after all streets have been widened.

SIDEWALKS

Sidewalk snow clearing is performed while streets are being plowed. If necessary, a loader-mounted snow blower will widen streets and sidewalks. Priority is given to sidewalks near the schools and the commercial areas where pedestrian traffic is highest. When sidewalks become icy, sand should be applied to the sidewalk surface.

FIRE HYDRANTS

All Fire Hydrants are clearly marked so that they can be found even when buried in snow. The Fire Hydrants are to be cleared after snow ploughing operations have been completed. The work is carried out by loaders, plus maintenance men with shovels. Because of the danger of breaking off a hydrant, this work should proceed during daylight hours only, when visibility is best.
The following procedures and standards will apply to the Town of Gander's snow clearing operations.

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