Snow & Ice Removal and Owners' Responsibilities in the City of Langley

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Date: 
January 6, 2017

Committed to a High Level of Service in our Community

For Immediate Release 
January 6, 2017

Langley, BC – Metro Vancouver has been experiencing a prolonged period of extraordinary snowfall events and cold weather fronts for the past several weeks. During the winter season, the City of Langley’s Engineering and Parks Operations Division is responsible for maintaining approximately 74 km of road and regularly monitoring city streets during the winter weather. Before the first snowflake falls the Operations Division applies salt brine, and then continues with salt, salt/sand mix, and straight sand during the snowfall events to ensure the roads, municipal properties and park facilities are safe for winter driving. The supply of salt and salt/sand mixes are limited and are applied based on priority. The Snow Control Priority Map illustrates how the City’s Operations Divisions prioritizes their road clearing efforts and the Sidewalk and Parking Lot Snow Removal Map demonstrates all of the other City’s snow clearing priorities.

The City would like to remind residents of the City’s Highway and Traffic Regulation Bylaw No. 2871. Under Section 8(4) of the bylaw, it is the responsibility of the owners or occupiers of a property to remove any accumulation of snow or ice from the sidewalks and walkways bordering the property within 24 hours after the snowfall has stopped or prior to the depth of snow accumulation exceeding ten centimetres. Although the City may issue a fine of $100 for each day the offense occurs, the City takes the first approach of informing and educating owners of occupiers of their obligation to remove any accumulation of snow or ice from the sidewalks and walkways for the benefits of pedestrians, walkers and scooters.

To help the keep roads and sidewalks safe this season, please park in a driveway or parking lot rather than on the street (whenever possible) to make way for snow plow equipment.

  • When shovelling snow, pile it onto your property instead of on the road or sidewalk.
  • Place garbage containers in cleared areas - not on snow piles.
  • Clear snow and ice away from catch basins to allow water from melting snow and ice to flow freely into storm sewers.

Due to the colder weather, we are also experiencing a higher level of pot holes. If you see a pot hole, we encourage users of the roads to complete a Request for Service on the City’s website at city.langley.bc.ca. The extreme winter weather is rare in this region, and the City of Langley will continue to proactively and aggressively provide a high-level of service for municipal road users, municipal park sidewalks and parking lots during these extended wintertime conditions. For any questions or concerns, please email engineering@langleycity.ca.

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Media Contact:

Samantha Paulson
Communications Officer
Phone: 604.514.2823  
Email: spaulson@langleycity.ca

 

 

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