Winter Snow Clearing: Provincial Plowing Standards

This is the first of a few posts to share important information about what we should expect from the Province after snowfall or winter storms.

Did you know there are more than 400 snow plows and other snow-clearing vehicles working to keep Nova Scotia‚Äôs roads, highways, and bridges safe during the winter months? The Province’s crews are on the job keeping the roads as safe and clear as possible. When we’re expecting a storm, work begins before the storm and continues during and after the storm. These standards apply to provincial roads and highways. For the best information about municipal standards contact the municipality.

Here’s when Nova Scotians can expect plowing to be completed based on the type of road:

Snow Plowing Levels of Service

100-Series and trunk highways, and other high traffic roadsCleared within 8 hours after snow stops
Secondary routes and other medium traffic roadsCleared within 12 hours after snow stops
Local paved roads, most subdivision and residential streetsCleared within 24 hours after snow stops
Gravel roadsCleared within 24 hours after snow stops

To determine the service levels for your particular road, if it is a provincial road or highway you can click here.

The information contained in this post was accurate at the time of publication. Much of the information in this post can be found here. For the most up-to-date, accurate information please visit Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s winter operations website.

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