Snow Clearing

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It’s that time of year again and each winter season the City of Langley’s Engineering and Parks Operations Division is responsible for maintaining approximately 74 km of road to a safe and passable condition.

Despite the efforts of a highly motivated snow removal crew, conditions can deteriorate and roads can become treacherous.  Motorists are advised to practice defensive driving and exercise caution at all times.  If you see snow clearing equipment, please allow them to do their work and keep back 50 metres.

The City has a modern fleet of snow clearing equipment and utilizes sophisticated weather services to assist us in responding quickly and efficiently to snow events.  Clearing efforts begin on main routes and move to residential areas only when the main routes are clear.  Understandably this lengthens the response time for residential streets and cul-de-sacs and is the prime cause of inquiries on snow control.

Snow Clearing Our Priorities:

First Priority

200 Street & 208 Street

Second Priority

Arterial Roads/Main Routes

Steep Hills

School Zones

Bus Routes

Third Priority

Collector Roads

Fourth Priority

Local/Residential

Download the Snow Control Priority Map  Download our Sidewalk and Parking Lot Snow Removal Map

Additional Information for Residents

The City clears the sidewalks next to its parks and property.  Occupants of single family, multi family, commercial and industrial properties in the City of Langley are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths bordering their property by twelve o’clock noon after a snow fall.  A fine of $100.00 per day may be issued to those properties for every day they do not comply. City of Langley Bylaw No. 1210

If roads are hazardous due to snow and ice, collection of garbage and recycling may be disrupted or cancelled.  If this occurs, bulletins will be posted on the City’s website. Collection crews will begin collecting waste in missed zones after completing the regularly scheduled zone collection on the next day.  It may take several days to complete the collection for missed zones.

City crews will be working to keep the streets and sidewalks safe during snow events and we ask that you help us by:

Parking off of the street, parked vehicles hamper snow ploughs.
When shoveling snow, pile it on your property, not on the street or sidewalk.
Clear snow and ice away from catch basins to allow water from melting snow to enter the storm sewers.
Place your garbage containers in cleared areas, don’t perch them on snow piles.

Additional Information for Businesses

The City clears the sidewalks next to its parks and property.  Occupants of commercial and industrial properties in the City of Langley are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths bordering their property by twelve o’clock noon after a snow fall.  Snow is not to be pushed into city streets.  A fine of $100.00 per day may be issued to those properties for every day they do not comply. City of Langley Bylaw No. 1210

Clearing and maintaining all of the City’s roadways during a snow storm event takes time and planning.  We appreciate your understanding, patience and cooperation during this season.

Snow Clearing Equipment

The City is equipped with the following snow clearingl equipment:

2 trucks equipped with plows and sanders
2 one ton trucks equipped with a sander
1 loader
1 grader
miscellaneous sidewalk equipment

It is too costly and time consuming to clear sidewalks of snow. The City does clear sidewalks around parks, bridges and City owned properties.

When shoveling your driveway, pile the snow on the left side of the driveway (facing your property). This will give you a better line of vision for approaching traffic and when our plows go by, we will not drag your snow pile back into your driveway.

Windrowing (plowing to the centre) blocks left-hand turns and encroaches into the traveled lanes and eventually need to be removed which increases snow clearing costs.

Salt and Sand

The City uses salt, salt/sand mix and straight sand to ensure the roads are safe for winter driving. Salt is used throughout the core of the City as it is fast acting and effective. When the snow melts the salt is gone, requires very little cleanup and does not fill our storm drainage system with silt and debris.

Salt/sand mix is used in steep locations as it is more effective there.

The rates that salt and salt/sand mix are applied, are based on temperature, forecast and snowfall, as well as past experience