Snow & Ice Control
Winter Road Service Advisory
Please be advised that city crews work 24 hours a day to clear snow and ice from roads on a priority basis (Note: Roads are not cleared to bare pavement conditions). During snowfalls, between the 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM, see Road Conditions and Closures or call Public Works at 604-820-3761.
Reminder: Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks is the responsibility of the Home or Business owner and remember to clear any blockages from street drainage grates.
The following summarizes the District of Mission’s preparations and responses to icy winter road conditions:
- Nightly patrols begin November 1st and continue through to the end of February.
- Nightly patrols begin at 11:30 pm through to 7:30 am when regularly scheduled crews take over.
- Air and road temperature sensors plus weather forecast are used to anticipate icy conditions.
- Two road-monitoring stations are established in the northern areas of Mission.
- If current and forecasted temperatures warrant patrols begin, however if higher temperature are forecast the night patrol will carry out a street sweeping function.
- Where warranted night patrol staff will apply either a mixture of sand and salt or a brine solution (liquid mixture of salt and water) beginning with priority roads.
- Ice Patrol Route – Drawing Number G-51
In spite of the District’s Night Patrol Staff’s best efforts, icy road surfaces can form before road salt or brine is applied, therefore everyone needs to take the extra safety precautions during the winter. For information on winter driving tips go to www.icbc.com.
The District is divided into 7 snow route areas; each area has a Priority 1 Route (emergency accesses, transit and school bus routes, streets in the business district, parking lanes on 1st Avenue), and a Priority 2 Route (residential, rural and local streets). When there is snow throughout the municipality, resources are allocated to these priority routes. Priority 3 routes include all other roads in each area; they will not be plowed until after the snow event has ended and Priority 1 and 2 Routes have been cleared and are in good condition. Priority 1 Override is used in emergency events for professional responders and other utilities or agencies and will take precedence.
The following summarizes the District of Mission preparations and responses to plowing of municipal roads in response to a snowfall:
- The priority for municipal forces is to plow the main roads, with extra priority for those main road hills.
- Main roads include public transit and school bus routes.
- Equipment will be reassigned to secondary roads when the main roads are plowed and the snowfall has subsided
Snow Route Maps
- Route 1 – Town Core West
- Route 2 – Town Core East
- Route 3 – North Core
- Route 4 – Hatzic Core
- Route 5 – Southwest Mission
- Route 6 – Steelhead
- Route 7 – Stave Falls/Ruskin Transit Route
Snow Plow Routes Do Not Cover:
- Sidewalks and stairways other than those specifically identified in the current snow clearing procedures;
- Mailboxes (this is the responsibility of Canada Post. If you have an issue with a community mailbox, please call 1-844-454-3009 and inform Canada Post of the mailbox location);
- Private roads and private driveways;
- Park trails and trail parking lots; and
- Florence Lake Road, unless required in an emergency.
All parking lots associated with municipal buildings will be cleared, salted and sanded by 10:00 am the day following a snow event (Municipal Hall and Public Works Complex will only be cleared on days they are normally open). All other sidewalks, walkways, and stairs will not be cleared.
It is the responsibility of home and business owners to clear snow and ice from the adjacent sidewalks.
How to Help:
There are a number of things you can do to make your neighbourhood safer:
- Park your car in your driveway to provide ploughs with unobstructed access to clear the streets
- Clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your property (cleared snow can be piled on front lawns, but cannot be placed on roadways or sidewalks)
- Remember to clear any blockages from street drainage grates
- Salt and sand can be used to reduce icy areas where people may slip
Sidewalk Snowplowing Pilot Project – New
Policies and Procedures
For detailed information on each of the District of Mission policies and procedures for winter road conditions choose from the list below and click on it.
- STR. 18 – Road Sanding Policy
- Ice Patrol Route – Drawing Number G-51
- EPW.25(PD) – Snow Plowing Procedure
- EPW.25(C) – Snow Plowing Policy
- STR. 35 – Brine Pretreatment Procedure
- STR. 36 – Brine Pretreatment Policy
For additional information, please contact Public Works at 604-820-3761 during normal working hours (7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday).