This winter, the City of Kingston will be declaring when a weather event is “significant” – advising the community to use extra caution and reminding residents that winter maintenance service levels for roads and sidewalks may not be met.
The policy is a result of provincial legislation that was updated this past May.
A winter weather event will be deemed significant after the City reviews a regional alert from Environment Canada and determines that the weather in Kingston warrants such a declaration.
“The City has a winter maintenance policy based on the Provincial standards and it outlines service levels for clearing roads and sidewalks,” said Bill Linnen, acting director, public works, in a release. “Declaring a weather event ‘significant,’ signals the public that we may not be able to meet our service level standards.”
“The safety of the public remains a priority for the City and every reasonable effort will always be made to meet the winter maintenance service levels,” Linnen added.
A weather event will be considered ‘significant’ based on approaching or occurring weather hazard that has the potential to pose a significant danger to the users of highways (streets) within a municipality. Environment Canada will also issue an alert under its Public Weather Alerting Program when it determines a weather hazard is expected.
You can view the City’s Winter Maintenance Policy and learn more about the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards at CityofKingston.ca/Snow.