Dec 09, 2016 Return to Headlines

Words to the Winter Wise as Coquitlam Tackles Snow Conditions

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Dec. 9, 2016 – Winter is here and Coquitlam’s road crews are busy working to clear over 1,000km of road lanes throughout the City. 

The City has established a priority snow clearing schedule to ensure that the routes used by transit and emergency vehicles are given the highest priority. The crews appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as they work their way from the highest priority routes to arterials roads and then smaller residential streets.

While the City crews are out making our streets safer, we also ask our residents to do their part and help keep our sidewalks and our neighbourhoods safe. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise, to find out how to prepare for colder and stormy weather including resources for: 

Garbage & Recycling – Sometimes snow conditions can result in the temporary cancellation of garbage and green cart collection. If your cart(s) have not been collected by 7 p.m., bring them in off the street or lane and set them out again the following morning for collection. Please repeat this procedure until the trucks are able to safely access your street for collection. 

Getting Around – Wherever possible, we recommend that motorists stay off the road during snow events or consider taking public transportation, such as the new Evergreen Extension. If you must drive, ensure you have good snow tires and preplan your route. You will find the snow clearing updates and the City’s snow clearing priorities posted to the website. 

Parking – To make is easier for the City crews to clear the roads, residents are asked to park in driveways or alternate off-street parking as soon as snow begins to fall. There are also  seasonal parking restrictions in some areas of the City. Vehicles parked in restricted areas will be subject to ticketing and/or towing. A full listing of the parking restrictions is available online.

Snow Removal on Sidewalks - Residents are required to clear their sidewalk within 10 hours of the cessation of a snowfall or ice storm. To ensure the safety of those using the sidewalks – especially those with mobility challenges -- please ensure the sidewalk remains clear, even if additional snow or ice gets deposited back on to it.  

Snow Angels - If you are unable to shovel snow due to a disability or restriction call the Snow Angels Hotline at 604-927-6909 or visit the Snow Angels webpage. Contact this same number if you would like to volunteer and assist those in need.

Emergency Preparedness - During the winter season you should have basic emergency supplies to help your family be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of an extended power outage or impassable roads. The City website has checklists and resources to help you get prepared.

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