Snow Plowing

Northumberland County maintains approximately 900 lane kilometres of County roads during winter operations.

During winter weather events, our crews are responsible for:

  • Plowing and salting/sanding County Roads
  • Snow removal at some towns and villages in Northumberland

County roads are maintained in accordance with O.Reg. 239/02 Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS) for Municipal Highways and in accordance with our Salt Management Plan. Our 2021 Salt Management Plan is currently available upon request. Please email us to request a copy. An accessible version of the 2021 Salt Management Plan will be made available online by December 15, 2021.

Clearing county roads

All municipal roads are divided into road classes based on traffic volumes and posted speed limits, as outlined in the Province of Ontario's Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS) for Municipal Highways. Based on these classifications, County roads range from classes 2 through 4 with Class 2 roads being the highest priority, having the most vehicles travelled, and Class 4 roads being lightly travelled.

Our Roads team consistently monitors weather reports throughout the winter to dispatch snowplows as needed to prevent and treat icy roadways, and to respond to snowfall accumulation within the timeframes below.

Service level standards
Road classExamples of roads in this classDepth of snow accumulationTimeframe for clearing snowTimeframe for ice prevention treatmentTimeframe for treatment of icy roads

Portions of the following roads: County Road 2, County Road 18, Elgin Street, County Road 28, County Road 30, County Road 45

5 cm  6 hours 8 hours  4 hours

County Road 9, County Road 25, County Road 38, County Road 64, County Road 70, portions of County Road 15 (Harwood Road) and County Road 23 (Lyle Street)

8 cm 12 hours 16 hours 8 hours

County Road 2A (Albert Street, Hastings), County Road 21 (Dundonald Road), County Road 24, County Road 31, County Road 33 (Merrill Road), County Road 64 (Osaca Road)

8 cm 16 hours  24 hours 12 hours

To learn more about how we maintain County roads during a snowfall, view our Winter Operations infographic.

Driving in the snow

If you must drive during bad weather, remember to:

  • Clear all snow and ice from your car before driving
  • Slow your roll and drive slow in the snow  –  follow posted speed limits and give yourself extra travel time
  • Keep a safe space from other cars
  • Be patient when driving behind a snowplow – snowplows only drive a maximum of 30-40 km/hr but they are working to make your commute as safe as possible
  • Never attempt to pass a working snowplow
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency by making sure you have a car survival kit readily available

For more helpful tips and information about winter driving, visit the Transport Canada website.