Winter Snow Clearing: Provincial Salting and Sanding Standards

This is the second 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 salting and sanding to be completed based on the type of road:

Salting & Sanding Levels of Service

100-Series and trunk highways, and other high traffic roads
Secondary routes and other medium traffic roads^
Local paved roads, most subdivision and residential streets^
Gravel roads

Salt will start to lose its effectiveness at temperatures below -12 degrees Celsius. In those conditions sand may be applied to increase traction for all service levels. You can always call 511 for additional information about highway conditions.

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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