Winter Snow Clearing: Stay Informed

This is the third 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’s 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.

The Province helps Nova Scotians remain informed on winter snow clearing operations in a number of ways. If you’re planning to hit the road, you can check on road conditions with a phone call or visit to the 511 website. If you are wondering when your road will be cleared or want information about where snow clearing stands after a weather event you can check the Plow Tracker. For a visual of road conditions you can always check the highway web cams. Here some more information on each:

511 – Highway Conditions Information Line

Did you know that you can call 511 for information about road conditions? You can also visit the 511 website to assess things with their road conditions map.

The Plow Tracker

The Province’s Plowtracker shows the winter maintenance activities taking place on provincial roadways. Plowtracker offers simple, web browsing functions such as zoom and pan. In addition to showing you where our plows are operating during the winter season, Plowtracker also allows the user to turn on other information such as the provincial winter maintenance service levels, access to the provincial highway cameras, and the ability to see where winter maintenance activities have taken place within the last 30, 60, and 90 minutes.

Highway Web Cams

Residents can visit the highway camera site of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. This site allows motorists to check out road and weather conditions on the Department’s highway cameras. These cameras are located next to the highway at specific locations across the province.

Click on the camera icon on the map. If the image is blank, wait a few seconds and refresh your browser, it may be in the process of downloading. Also, be aware that camera images may be delayed. Please check time on image to ensure that it is current.

The information contained in this post was accurate at the time of publication. 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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