When it snows, a priority clearing system helps keep traffic flowing smoothly. Clearing times begin from the end of snowfall.
First Priority - Cleared within 24-48 hours
Freeways, arterial roads and business districts.
Protected bike lanes are treated as arterials because of the impact on cyclists’ mobility.
Second Priority - Cleared within 48 hours
Collector/bus routes and transit Park and Ride access roads.
Third Priority - Cleared within 5 days
Local industrial roadways.
Fourth Priority - Cleared within 5 days
Residential streets and alleys are cleared once a 5cm snowpack has formed. Crews continuously measure snowpack levels on residential roads after snowfalls. Painted bike lanes are cleared at the same time as the closest street.