Winter Maintenance

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The City of Niagara Falls has a comprehensive Winter Maintenance Plan available on-line. Highlighted below are some sections of the Winter Maintenance Policy Plan.

Roadway Classification

Inside the Roadway Service page, you can find an interactive Service Locator. This page will allow you to enter your Niagara Falls address and it will return what Road Classification it is in. The Road Classification is used to determine when Snow plows are dispatched to remove snow on your street.

Snowplow Damage

Has a snowplow damaged your property? Fill out a Snowplow Damage Form to let us know.

Snowplow Operations

During a winter storm, the City of Niagara Falls sends many Snowplows out to help clear the roads of ice and snow. View the current Snowplow Operations to see more information.

Leaf and Snow Buddies of Niagara

We need you to be a Leaf and Snow Buddie!

Leaf and Snow Buddies give students the opportunity to be matched with a senior, helping keep their driveway/pathway clear of snow and rake leaves from their lawn. This assistance will help prevent falls. The role of Buddies is to be available to remove snow and leaves when they are called or when there is a snowfall. The program is a great opportunity for students to gain volunteer experience, receive community service hours and help out in their community.  For more information, visit Community Support Services of Niagara.

Winter Maintenance Tips

Looking for some tips to help you get through the winter? Winter Tips provides some useful information to aid you.

Snow Fencing

The City of Niagara Falls has snow fencing throughout open areas and fields. There is approximately 17.7 km in total of snow fencing. The areas where snow fences are placed are sometimes changed and depends on new homes being built in the area and tree removal.

Solution on Road (Brine)

In preparation for oncoming snow, identified arterial roads will be treated in advance with a coating of liquid brine and geo-melt. This product prevents the snow from bonding to the road surface as it is packed down by traffic. It provides a window of opportunity for staff to keep friction control on the road surface prior to a full scale plowing being commenced. The additive geo-melt also allows the liquid salt to work at a lower temperature when salt would otherwise stop being effective (10F or -12C). The additive allows the brine to work up to (-13F or -25C).

This anti-icing agent is safe for the environment.

Sidewalk Winter Maintenance

Local/Residential sidewalks are salted and/or plowed when accumulation exceeds 8 cm in the vicinity of designated areas:

  • Business Areas
  • Along School Routes
  • In front of Public Buildings including Churches
  • Along Bus Routes during the normal working day

Visit the Roadway Service page for service levels.  You can view the various Sidewalk Route maps online also.