City streets are swept an average of every three weeks on the day following solid waste collection.
Map of Priority Streets for Snow Clearing
Routine Snow Clearing
Routine snow clearing takes place on the day after garbage collection when snow accumulation has met set standards. The work shall only be carried out if the accumulated snow pack is in excess of 6 centimeters or there are dangerous conditions present due to snow ridges around parked vehicles or ice conditions are present at intersections.
By-Law No.20-8705 states: “From November 1 to April 30 in each year Parking on Streets shall be limited for routine snow clearing. During this period no Person shall Park a Vehicle on any portion of a Street on the Business Day following residential garbage collection for that Street, until such time as the employees or contractors acting on behalf of the Municipality have completed snow clearing for the said Street.”
Parking in violation of the By-law is subject to a fine. Our city crews work as fast as possible to remove snow from the streets, but unfortunately, parked cars can get in our way. If we have to tow some cars to make winter driving safe for everyone, we will, but we would rather not. So please, to avoid having your car towed, you should not park on the street during snow clearing operations.
Storm Related Snow Clearing
After a major storm event, with more than 10 cm of snowfall, or when more than 10 cm of snow accumulates, the City snow clearing efforts shall be done on a priority basis within 48 hours of the conclusion of the storm event. A map of priority streets for snow removal can be found above.
For storm related snow clearing on weekends and holidays, the City crews shall only be mobilized provided the total snowfall accumulation exceeds 20 centimeters. If the storm event was less than 20 cm of snowfall, the remaining streets and avenues in the City will be completed within the routine maintenance snow-clearing schedule. If the storm event was greater than 20 cm of precipitation, the remaining streets and avenues shall be completed within 96 hours of the start of the snow clearing operation.
Parking lots that are the responsibility of the City to maintain shall be cleared within 36 hours of the start of the snow clearing operation. Snow shall be hauled from the parking lots as time permits and after the other activities have been completed.
City crews work as fast as possible to remove snow from the streets, but parked cars can get in our way. To avoid having your car towed, please do not park on the street during snow clearing operations.
Parking Ban Information
In the Event of a major snow storm, the Mayor may authorize a City wide parking ban to allow the streets to be cleaned. This ban would be in effect from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and would last until all city streets have been cleared. Parking would not be allowed on any city street during this time. If a citywide parking ban is declared, it will be advertised on the radio, in the newspaper (if time permits), on the City’s website, facebook and twitter accounts, and a notification will be sent out via the city’s mobile app. There will also be signs placed around the city stating whether or not the ban is in effect. As well, you may call 204-857-PARK (204-857-7275) for a recorded message on the status of the ban. Several signs around the City display the status of the ban. You may also call 204-857-PARK for information regarding the ban.
Driveway Snow Clearing
Snow being blown, shoveled or pushed onto City Streets is not permitted. All residents should adhere to City of Portage la Prairie Traffic By-Law No. 20-8705 which states: “It shall be an offence for any Person to remove from any Private Property, public property, Street, Boulevard or Sidewalk any snow or ice and deposit same on any Street, Boulevard, parking lot, public place, or Sidewalk in such a manner that could negatively impact drainage, or create a hazardous condition for either vehicular or Pedestrian traffic, or otherwise impede the snow removal efforts of the City or Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.”
Sidewalk Snow Clearing
Reminder to Business Owner/Operators. By-Law No. 20-8705 states: “before 10:00 hours each day, following every fall of snow, hail or rain which shall have frozen on the Sidewalk, or after a fall of snow or ice off any building, cause the same to be removed entirely off the Sidewalk fronting or abutting the premises and in the event the ice or snow shall be so frozen that removal would damage the Sidewalks, every such Person shall strew the Sidewalk with salt, sand or other like substances.”