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Windsor Snow Plowing Comes at Cost of $20,000 per Hour

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City of Windsor Snow Emergency Ends at Midnight as Snow Plowing Comes at Cost of $20,000 per Hour

23 City and contractor snow plow trucks in addition to 45 pieces of heavy equipment machinery, expected to have one entire pass of the residential streets completed earlier this afternoon.

Main routes are in good condition, and most side streets have received attention but it’s important to remember that Windsor does not snow plow right down to bare pavement, so some snow will remain until warmer temperatures and salt have a chance to work.

Municipal parking lots remain open free of charge, so residents can move vehicles off the street, and this will continue until the snow emergency is lifted at midnight tonight. The end of the snow emergency means free parking in municipal parking lots will cease and return to their regular fee service Tuesday morning.  Enforcement will resume at 9am.

Calls to 311 about roads that haven’t been plowed are discouraged until Tuesday, as crews have not yet completed their entire city run.  Please note: streets that have had a plow pass through will not be seeing another pass to clear off snow that may have piled alongside parked cars.

The snow plowing began early Friday morning and has continued non-stop at a price tag of $20,000 dollars per hour, not including salting.

Residents and commercial property owners are reminded that sidewalks abutting their property are their responsibility to clear. As well, under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor By-laws, residents are prohibited from shovelling snow back onto the street while clearing sidewalks and driveways, as this creates unsafe road conditions for motorists.  All sidewalks are to be cleared 4 hours after the snowfall ends for commercial property owners and 12 hours for residential property owners. 

After four days and three nights of round-the-clock salting and plowing, the snow emergency in Windsor will end at midnight tonight.

“I know it’s been stressful for residents, but I want to thank them for their patience and I want to thank all of the City and contract work crews who have worked very hard to make our streets safe,” said Operations Manager Dwayne Dawson. “We received an extreme amount of snow and that takes time and effort to clear, but we’re confident we’ll have a handle on it by midnight.”

With warmer temperatures expected later this week, the City is actively opening up covered catch basins in the road to help with drainage as the snow melts. Residents are encouraged to clear property catch basins as well, and if a blocked or plugged catch basin or drain is spotted on the road, please call 311.

The cost for this winter storm coverage is anticipated to be approximately 2 million dollars and involved 23 plows and 45 pieces of heavy equipment. The annual snowfall budget is 4 million dollars.

For general information on the city of Windsor snow response visit

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