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  • When winter conditions hit, the City of Port Moody is ready. City staff maintain roads and pedestrian areas on a priority basis to ensure a quick, efficient response that provides a high level of public safety on busy routes. The City works around the clock in response to snow and ice conditions to brine, salt, or plow roads and sidewalks.

    Anti-Icing
    The City of Port Moody uses rock salt or brine, which is a mixture of water and salt, to treat roads and pedestrian areas in advance of cold weather conditions that may result in the formation of ice. This method helps to provide a high level of safety, and ensures that roads remain free of ice and snow for a longer period as snow begins to fall.

    Response Priorities - Roads
    The City brines, salts, and plows municipal roads on a priority basis as required. Strata corporations are responsible for the maintenance of private roads, such as those in townhome or condominium developments. St. Johns Street and Barnet Highway are maintained by Mainroad Contracting.

    Roads are classified as Priority 1, 2 or 3. View the map or read about Priority 1, 2, and 3 roads below.

    Priority 1 Roads:
    Priority 1 roads include major arterial routes that facilitate movement across the City, and connect with regional transportation corridors. These routes must be clear of snow and ice to allow efficient movement of emergency vehicles and buses.

    Priority 2 Roads:
    Priority 2 roads are collector and local connector routes, typically more than 200 metres long, that connect to multiple Priority 3 routes. This classification also includes routes that provide access to key City infrastructure, such as water reservoirs, water pump stations, and sewer lift stations, and routes that provide access to neighbourhood local roads. All bus routes not included in the Priority 1 classification are included in Priority 2.

    Priority 3 Roads:
    All other local roads are classified as third-priority routes, along with fire lanes that are typically less than 200 meters in length and connect directly to Priority 2 routes. These routes are typically serviced within normal weekday business hours only, unless special circumstances or weather conditions call for a more immediate response.

    Response Priorities – Pedestrian Areas

    The City maintains sidewalks fronting City property, as well as crosswalks, medians, letdowns, bus stops, and pedestrian overpasses.

    Pedestrian areas are classified as Priority 1 or 2. View the map or read about Priority 1 and 2 pedestrian areas below.

    Priority 1 Pedestrian Areas:
    This classification includes Priority Pedestrian Routes in areas of the City within 800 metres of Inlet Centre and Moody Centre SkyTrain stations. The City will remove snow and ice from crosswalks, medians, letdowns, bus stops, sidewalks, and pedestrian overpasses and walkways in Priority 1 areas to facilitate the safe movement of pedestrians. These routes are to be maintained at all times when feasible, including outside of normal business hours.

    Priority 2 Pedestrian Areas:
    Sidewalks, crosswalks, medians, letdowns, and bus stops that are farther than 800 metres from Inlet Centre and Moody Centre SkyTrain stations, and that align with Priority 1 and Priority 2 roads, are included in this classification. Heritage Mountain Boulevard and Barnet Highway (between Union Street and Clarke Street) are examples of Priority 2 pedestrian areas. These areas are to be completed following the cessation of snowfall, during normal weekday business hours.

    Responsibilities of Private Property Owners

    Residents, strata corporations, and businesses are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks bordering their property.

    Under the City’s Sidewalk and Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw No. 2426, you must remove snow or ice from a sidewalk bordering your property within 24 hours of the cessation of a snowfall or storm event (failure to comply may result in a fine of $100).

    *NEW* If the sidewalk bordering your property is a Priority Pedestrian Route (as identified in Schedule A, Bylaw No. 2426), you must remove snow or ice from the walkway by 10am every day (failure to comply may result in daily fines ranging from $100 for a first offence to $500 for a third or subsequent offence).

    Priority Pedestrian Routes

    Street Name  Sections  Sides 
    St. Johns Street/Barnet Highway  From Queens Street to Coquitlam border/ Balmoral Drive  North and south 
    Clarke Street  From Queens Street to Moody Street  South 
    Dewdney Trunk Road  From St. Johns Street to Viewmount Drive  North and south 
    Moody Street  From Clarke Street to St. Johns Street  East and west 
    Hugh Street  From Spring Street to St. Johns Street  East 
    Williams Street  From Spring Street to St. Johns Street   East and west  
    Murray Street/Guildford Way  From Klahanie Drive (West) to Ungless Way North and south
    Ioco Road  From Ungless Way to Barnet Highway  East and west
    Ungless Way  From Ioco Road to Guildford Way  South 

    If a property owner fails to remove snow and ice in compliance with the bylaw, the City may complete the work to clear the pedestrian route at the owner’s expense.

    Please do not shovel snow from sidewalks or driveways onto the road. Move all snow onto your lawn or to the side of your house, in the direction of traffic. This will help to prevent snow from piling up on sidewalks and in front of driveways.

    Please clear any catch basins adjacent to your property, so that melting snow doesn’t cause flooding.

    Public Safety

    Roads:

    • leave at least 50 metres between your vehicle and any snow clearing equipment
    • do not attempt to pass snow clearing equipment on the right hand side
    • reduce speed and allow extra time for braking and maneuvering
    • keep your windshield, windows, headlights, and taillights clear of all snow and ice
    • where possible, refrain from parking vehicles on the street during snowfall events (parked vehicles slow down snow plows and can make it challenging for crews to access certain areas)
    • if your vehicle is not equipped for winter operation, including snow tires, please avoid driving in steep or unplowed areas
    • visit icbc.com for winter driving tips

    Pedestrians:

    • do not play or build snow forts on or near piles of snow at the side of the road – operators of snow clearing equipment cannot see children in these locations
    • walk on the left side of the road (facing traffic) to avoid snow plows

    Important Contact Information

    City of Port Moody Operations: 604.469.4574
    Operations after-hours (for public works emergency or to report hazardous road conditions): 604.469.4574
    Police (emergency calls only): 9-1-1
    Waste collection: 604.469.4574
    Power failures: BC Hydro or 1.800.224.9376
    Public transit: TransLink or 604.953.3333

    If you have questions about the City’s snow and ice response plans, please contact the Operations Division. Call 604.469.4574 (7am-3:30pm) or email operations_info@portmoody.ca

    Last updated: 11/12/2017 9:54:05 AM