Snow and ice removal on all Town streets in Lincoln is performed by the Roads Division. Roads are plowed and sanded/salted as soon as possible following a winter event, however we do have priorities as to the order and frequency that they are serviced:
- Primary Routes focus on Primary Roads which carry large volumes of traffic including school areas, emergency, fire, and critical areas on hills, curves and bridges. These roads are the Town’s first priority.
- Secondary Routes include all low volume local and residential streets. Please note that these streets are NOT maintained to a bare pavement condition, but are plowed and sanded/salted as necessary to provide safe vehicular travel. They are only serviced after the main routes have been cleared to an acceptable level.
Sanding and Salting
A sand and salt mixture is applied along the Primary and Secondary roads early in a winter event in order to prevent the formation of ice forming on the road surface. This allows the plow operators to clear the streets more effectively if time and weather permits. Critical areas, such as steep hills, curves, bridges, intersections, and approaches to railway crossings receive top priority. Sand/salt mixture is not used on any roads when temperatures become so low that it can no longer effectively melt ice which is typically -8oC, but is also dependent on other factors (ie. road temperature, humidity level, etc.).
Private property owners with sidewalks fronting or abutting their property must clear snow and ice from these sidewalks within twelve (12) hours following a snow event. This is required under By-law 74-17.
Where Town sidewalks are located adjacent to the curb and there is no boulevard, snow from the sidewalk may be placed along the edge of the street, however, property owners are warned that snow must NOT be pushed from the driveways or parking lots onto or across Town streets.
Sidewalk clearing violations can be reported to (905) 563-8205 and enforcement of the Town’s by-law will be carried out. For the safety and convenience of all pedestrians, we urge you to do your part in keeping the sidewalks clear.
Senior Citizen Sidewalk Clearing
As a gesture of good will, the Town provides snow and ice clearing of Town sidewalks that front or abut properties of senior citizens free of charge. If you are a senior citizen and are unable to clear your sidewalk, you can contact the Town at (905) 563-8205 to have your residence included in this program. Proof of age must be provided.
Canada Post Community Super Mailboxes
Canada Post is responsible for performing snow and ice removal operations around Community Super Mailboxes and can be contacted directly at 1-800-267-1177.
Municipal Parking Lots
It is the general practice to clear Town owned parking lots when there is very little parking activity. However, as weather and other issues arise, this may not be accomplished in a timely manner, so your patience is appreciated.
What can you do to help?
As a resident of the Town of Lincoln, you can help us in many ways:
- Report any slippery or dangerous road conditions to us as soon as possible at (905) 563-8205. We appreciate your assistance in identifying potential hazards;
- Whenever possible refrain from parking on streets during a winter storm event. Parked vehicles make plowing difficult, and sometimes impossible. With your help in this endeavour, winter maintenance crews can plow snow faster and more efficiently and reduce the chances of having to dig your vehicle out of a snow drift!;
- Please do not have your vehicle extend onto the street or sidewalk;
- Pile all snow from your driveway and walkways on your property – not on the road. When clearing your driveway, pile the snow on the right side of your driveway if you are facing the street. This will help reduce the amount of snow created by the snow plow at the end of your driveway. If you hire a private contractor to clear your driveway, make sure that they too do not push snow onto the street or fill in the sidewalks.
- Keep your children safe! Please don’t let your children play or build snow forts or tunnels in the snow banks at the side of the street or in the middle of cul-de-sacs;
- Shovel the sidewalk in front of AND beside your property as soon as you can after a winter storm event and apply ice melt when icy. By-law 74-17 requires it;
- Help keep fire hydrants clear and accessible;
- By clearing snow and ice from the storm sewer catchbasins near your property you will help minimize or prevent street flooding;
- On your garbage day, place your garbage and recycling containers close to the edge of the road, but not so close as to interfere with snow removal operations. Do not place them on snow banks.
- When driving behind a snow plow vehicle, please stay at least 10m back. Plows also create whiteouts which drastically reduces visibility, so never pass a snow plow. Watch out for children playing on snow banks and crossing streets and please slow down as road conditions can change drastically during the day. The road you drove on early in the morning to go to work could be covered with a sheet of ice when you return home in the evening.
Please be patient. You can be sure that during a winter storm event we are exerting our maximum effort to return road conditions to a safe travelling condition. Under severe conditions, it can take considerably more time to get to all streets. If your street has not been plowed, please allow at least twenty-four (24) hours after the storm has stopped before calling.