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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Snow Days - Please Make Way for Plows

Updated: February 06, 2016


Feeling a little snowed in, West Kelowna? With this weekend’s blast of winter weather and several days of snow in the forecast, City plows are busy clearing the City’s top priority roads. Residents are asked to help, not hinder, snow clearing efforts and those living on Priority 3 roads can expect delayed response when the snow flies.


During times of heavy and persistent snowfalls, road crews must continue to focus on higher priority roads in the municipality, which can lead to a delay in snow removal on local roads. Residents on Priority 3 roads are asked to be patient, these roads will be visited by the plow once all other roadways have been cleared.


You can help snow removal efforts by ensuring no vehicles are parked on the street when it is snowing and during clean up efforts. Parked cars mean plows must work around these vehicles and are unable to clear the road surface to a safe width, narrowing our roadways needlessly. There is also additional time spent to manoeuvre around these vehicles rather than conducting one steady pass with the plow. Cul-de-sacs can become particularly challenging for plows when obstructions are encountered.


Residents are also reminded not to deposit snow on roadways when clearing their driveways or sidewalks in front of their homes. This deposited snow may not be cleared by plows if the area has already been visited and can cause hazards for motorists.


Please remember that the plow’s job is to keep the road clear and, without significant disruption in service, it is unable to avoid depositing snow in front of driveways or on sidewalks. To minimize the amount of snow left in front of driveways, please shovel snow to the left side (when facing the property).


Inappropriate garbage and recycle bin placement can also disrupt plow service. It is up to the resident to clear appropriate space at the curb/roadway in front of their property for bin placement and ensure their bins are not on the travelled portion of the roadway so as not to interfere with snow plows.


Snow removal in West Kelowna is conducted on a priority basis. The top priority is clearing arterial and collector roads, transit routes and roads with steep grades. The second priority is school zones, school bus routes, town centres and population centres and the final priority is all other local roads.


The City provides comprehensive information on its website, www.westkelownacity.ca/roads, regarding snow removal, including a Snow Clearing Priorities Map. Residents can connect with the Roads Department directly at 778-797-2225 or roads@westkelownacity.ca during regular hours or after hours 1-866-353-3136.


Previous update: February 03, 2016


City of West Kelowna crews are busy maintaining our winter roads and have some snow day reminders for us.


When snow falls, streets are cleared on a priority basis:


  • Priority 1 - Arterial and collector roads, transit routes and roads with steep grades for public safety

  • Priority 2 - School zones and/or school bus routes; town centres and population centres

  • Priority 3 - All other local and rural roads


A roads priorities map is available on the City of West Kelowna’s website at www.westkelownacity.ca/roads.


During times of heavy and/or persistent snowfall, it may take up to 48 hours to reach some lower priority roads. If 48 hours after a snowfall, your road has still not been cleared, email a service request to roads@westkelownacity.ca; general inquiries can also be directed to this email address. Outside of the Roads Department’s business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays) residents may call the City of West Kelowna’s road maintenance contractor, AEL, at 1-866-353-3136.


Please remember to park off street when snow falls or is in the forecast to ensure crews can clear roads effectively and efficiently. Please also remember that all homeowners are responsible to clear snow and ice from sidewalks along their properties. Snow and ice should not be pushed onto the road and should be shovelled to the side of the driveway that is farthest away from the approaching plow’s direction of travel in order to reduce windrows that are inevitably created by the blade. Clearing windrows is also a homeowner’s responsibility. Snowbirds should arrange for snow clearing while they’re away.


The City of West Kelowna thanks residents who team up to take on winter by clearing sidewalks and windrows and parking off street. The City of West Kelowna also believes that residents who help their neighbours in clearing sidewalks, windrows and driveways are Snow Stars and should be nominated for a chance to win a prize at the end of winter. To nominate a Snow Star, download and print the form at www.westkelownacity.ca/snowstar and return the nomination to City Hall at 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6.


Parks Amenities and Sports Fields


All sports fields will be closed for the season as of November 4 and will reopen in April. Parks washrooms are also now closed until mid-spring, with the exception being the heated facilities at Willow Beach, which remain open for users of parks and trails along the popular Gellatly Bay multiuse corridor.



Original post: November 14, 2016

(Also reposted: December 2, 9, 16, 23 and January 3 and 9)


With colder weather setting in and the inevitable arrival of snow, City of West Kelowna crews are gearing up for winter and have some reminders for when the snow starts to fly.


All sports fields will be closed for the season as of November 4 and will reopen in April. Parks washrooms are also now closed until mid-spring, with the exception being the heated facilities at Willow Beach, which remain open for users of parks and trails along the popular Gellatly Bay multiuse corridor.


Roads maintenance crews have readied the fleet and remind everyone that when snow falls streets are cleared on a priority basis:


  • Priority 1 - Arterial and collector roads, transit routes and roads with steep grades for public safety
  • Priority 2 - School zones and/or school bus routes; town centres and population centres
  • Priority 3 - All other local and rural roads


A roads priorities map is available on West Kelowna’s website at www.westkelownacity.ca/roads.


For roads maintenance inquiries please email roads@westkelownacity.ca. Outside of the City Roads Department’s business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, residents may choose to call West Kelowna’s road maintenance contractor, AEL, at 1-866-353-3136.


Please remember to park off street when snow falls or is in the forecast to ensure crews can clear roads effectively and efficiently. Please also remember that all homeowners are responsible to clear snow and ice from sidewalks along their properties. Snow and ice should not be pushed onto the road and should be shoveled to the side of the driveway that is farthest away from the approaching plow’s direction of travel in order to reduce windrows that are inevitably created by the blade. Clearing windrows is also a homeowner’s responsibility. Snowbirds should arrange for snow clearing while they’re away.


The City of West Kelowna thanks residents who team up to take on winter by clearing sidewalks and windrows and parking off street. The City of West Kelowna also believes that residents who help their neighbours in clearing sidewalks, windrows and driveways are Snow Stars and should be nominated for a chance to win a prize at the end of winter. To nominate a Snow Star, download and print the form at www.westkelownacity.ca/snowstar and return the nomination to City Hall at 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6.

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