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HRM Committed to Safe Streets for Citizens During Winter Season

(Thursday, November 5, 2009) - The potential for snow in the forecast is a true indication the winter season is fast approaching. HRM’s snow removal crews and contractors want to ensure citizens are safe by providing timely and effective snow removal from streets and sidewalks. Residents and businesses are encouraged to plan ahead.

In times of heavy snowfall, HRM asks residents to please not park on the streets as it interferes with snow clearing operations. Residents are reminded that Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act provides that parked vehicles obstructing snow removal or winter maintenance operations may be removed at the owner’s cost, regardless of time or date. In addition, HRM’s overnight winter parking ban will come into effect in the Urban Core on December 14, 2009.

In the event of a snow storm, HRM asks that residents please allow 12 hours after the end of the snowfall for crews to plow main roads and bus routes and 24 hours for residential and rural streets. For sidewalks, please allow 12 hours on main routes, 18 hours on school and bus routes and 36 hours for sidewalk clearing on residential and rural streets.

HRM thanks you for your cooperation and patience during and after snow events. Working together we can have a safe and enjoyable winter season.

For more information on service standards, driving tips, HRM’s Smart Trip program, frequently asked questions and more, please visit us at or call 490-4000.


Michaelyn Thompson
HRM Corporate Communications




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