Winter Maintenance

Snow covered road image

The City of Niagara Falls has a comprehensive Winter Maintenance Plan. Highlighted below are some sections of the Winter Maintenance Policy Plan.

Roadway Classification

Inside the Roadway Service page, you can find an interactive Service Locator. This page will allow you to enter your Niagara Falls address and it will return what Road Classification it is in. The Road Classification is used to determine when Snow plows are dispatched to remove snow on your street.

Snowplow Damage

Has a sidewalk plow or road plow damaged your property? Fill out a Snowplow Damage Form to let us know.  

Please remember to keep obstacles such as landscaping hedges, rocks, private curbing and underground irrigation systems off of the City's right-of-way.  This includes the boulevard and up to your property line.  Any underground irrigations system placed on City property that is damaged by a plow will not be replaced by the City.  Operators can find it difficult to maneuver a trackless sidewalk plow around overgrown hedges and shrubs that abut the sidewalk. 

Some older sidewalks in the City are underszised in comparison to the sidewalk plow blade.  The machine plow blade is 5 feet in width and when angled is 4 feet 2 inches.  The blade needs to be wider than the machine wheel base which is 4 feet wide or material would simply be pushed back onto the walk by the wheels once the plow blade has gone by.  Typically sidewalk widths in Niagara Falls are 4 feet to 5 feet wide.  As the angled plow blade width is 4 feet 2 inches it should be noted the margin for error is minimal.

Snowplow Operations

During a winter storm, the City of Niagara Falls sends many Snowplows out to help clear the roads of ice and snow. View the current Snowplow Operations to see more information.

Leaf and Snow Buddies of Niagara

We need you to be a Leaf and Snow Buddie!

Leaf and Snow Buddies give students the opportunity to be matched with a senior, helping keep their driveway/pathway clear of snow and rake leaves from their lawn. This assistance will help prevent falls. The role of Buddies is to be available to remove snow and leaves when they are called or when there is a snowfall. The program is a great opportunity for students to gain volunteer experience, receive community service hours and help out in their community.  For more information, visit Community Support Services of Niagara.

Winter Maintenance Tips

Looking for some tips to help you get through the winter? Winter Tips provides some useful information to aid you.

Snow Fencing

The City of Niagara Falls has snow fencing throughout open areas and fields. There is approximately 1,170 rolls or 17.8 km in total of snow fencing. The areas where snow fences are placed are sometimes changed and depends on new homes being built in the area and tree removal.

Anti-icing the RoadwaySlippery winter road

In preparation for oncoming snow, identified arterial roads will be treated in advance with Pro Melt. This product prevents the snow from bonding to the road surface as it is packed down by traffic. It provides a window of opportunity for staff to keep friction control on the road surface prior to a full scale plowing being commenced (up to 3 days prior). It also allows the liquid salt to work at a lower temperature when salt would otherwise stop being effective (10F or -12C), it will work up to (-25F or -30C).  The product consists of liquid calcium and magnesium.  It is superior to the brine that was previously applied.  This anti-icing prodcut is safe for the environment.

Pre-treated salt is also used on the roadway. The product ClearLane® used is a superior deicer for effective winter road maintenance that is anti-corrosive, better for the environment than traditional road salt.  It is treated with Xanthium Gum to make it adhere to the road surface.  It is a pre-wet sodium chloride product made from a patented liquid magnesium chloride formula, which means more stays on the road and less is used. It melts at a lower temperature and has a colouring agent (green) that provides a visual effect for the operator to see the spread patter as it is applied to the road.

Sidewalk Winter Maintenance

Local/Residential sidewalks are salted and/or plowed when accumulation exceeds 8 cm in the vicinity of designated areas:

  • Business Areas
  • Along School Routes
  • In front of Public Buildings including Churches
  • Along Bus Routes during the normal working day

Visit the Roadway Service page for service levels.  You can view the various Sidewalk Route maps online also.