Snow Clearing in Lachine

Last updated December 1, 2023
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When the snowflakes return, our crews move into action to make your streets, sidewalks and bike paths safe and passable. Here’s how you can contribute to the success of snow clearance operations.

Winter always brings its share of variable weather conditions, ranging from snow to ice and rain, which makes the road crews’ work all the more challenging. A sign of your collaborative efforts, many of you are contacting us to learn more about snow clearance operations. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

What is the difference between snow clearing and snow loading? 

Here are the stages involved in snow removal operations:

  • salt and gravel spreading as soon as the roads and sidewalks become slippery
  • plowing as soon as there is 2.5 cm of snow on the ground
  • loading as soon as there is 10 to 15 cm of snow on the ground 

Why are no-parking signs in different colours in Lachine?

The yellow signs indicate no parking at night (7 p.m. – 7 a.m.) and the orange signs indicate no parking during the day (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.). These signs (Lexans) are hung on the poles. The signs posted in the snow banks also indicate no parking. Snow loading is carried out within 24 hours after these signs are installed.

Why is the snow still not picked up and the no-parking signs still posted even after the 12-hour no-parking period? 

While most of our crews manage to meet our deadlines, sometimes equipment breakdowns, more cars being towed or changes in weather conditions can delay our operations. These unforeseen situations disrupt our schedules. We ask that you obey the schedule indicated on the signs, as failure to do so actually adds to the time it takes to carry out snow removal operations.

I am working from home and my vehicle is parked a few blocks away. How can I find out if there is a snow loading operation?

Snow loading operations will also be announced on the Borough’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account.  You may also subscribe to the Alerts service to receive such notifications in your email box or by text message. 

At all times, the road signs indicating the parking rules during snow loading periods will take precedence over information posted on the website. We strongly suggest that you go to the street where your car is parked in order to check the signs there so you can avoid towing charges and a parking ticket.

Here are some tips for parking your car: Park your vehicle parallel to the sidewalk and 30 cm away from it to make it easier for the sidewalk snowplows to pass. Angle parking is prohibited.

Can I use municipal parking lots to park my car? 

Don’t hesitate to use public parking facilities. They are free of charge during snow removal operations. Some municipal parking lots allow 48-hour parking. It is important to obey the signs in effect; otherwise you may be ticketed.

Do snow loading operations continue overnight in the western part of Lachine?

In some areas west of 32e Avenue, snow loading operations will be carried out overnight. The other operations (spreading abrasives, clearing sidewalks and roads) may be carried out at other times of the day. 

This helps to reduce heavy vehicle traffic during the day and increase pedestrian safety near schools. This measure improves access to the Lachine train station because the snow on the streets where train passengers park are cleared before the morning rush hour. Motor vehicle access to Autoroute 20 via 32e and 55e avenues is also made easier during rush hour.

When is snow removed along bicycle paths? Is it done at the expense of sidewalks?

A number of crews clear the sidewalks and bike paths with various types of vehicles. On-street bike paths are cleared according to snow removal priorities:  

  1. Major thoroughfares, access to health institutions and schools, priority bus routes and reserved lanes, major shopping streets (such as Sherbrooke, Lacordaire, Henri-Bourassa), etc.
  2. Collector streets, other bus routes, local shopping streets (such as Cadillac, Bernard, Villeray), etc.
  3. Local streets (such as De Normanville, Beausoleil, Rameau), industrial areas, etc.

My neighbour’s private snow removal contractor pushes the snow onto the road, obstructing parking spaces. Is this illegal? What can I do about it?

It is illegal to dump snow from private property (driveway, parking space, etc.) onto a sidewalk, street or alley. To avoid a ticket, residents must put the snow on their own property. 

However, when there are no other options, the Borough does allow snow from walkways and driveways to be put on the road before snow loading operations are carried out.

If you see a private snow removal contractor putting snow from a parking space or driveway onto the road, please notify us by email or contact us online.

In the fall, we meet with the contractors to make them aware of the rules. If necessary, other meetings may be held during the winter.

During the snow loading period, I took out my bin in time for the collection, but the truck still hasn’t passed. What do I do now?

We recommend that you leave your bin out overnight, as trucks may be late due to snow removal operations or other reasons. Moreover, it is important to place your garbage bins on your property, without obstructing the sidewalk. If possible, take your empty bins away as quickly as you can so as not to obstruct the sidewalk snowplows as they pass by.

Take out your bins only if necessary when there is a snow loading operation on your street. 

If your bins have not been picked up the next day, please contact us by email, online or by phone at 311.

My 90-year-old neighbour struggles to clear the snow from her driveway. Isn’t there a new measure to help seniors in this situation?  

Snow clearing assistance is offered free of charge by the Brigade neige (snow brigade) in the Duff-Court and East of Lachine neighbourhoods.

To be eligible for this service, residents must be 70 years old or over with a functional limitation or reduced mobility.

To apply, contact Carrefour jeunesse emploi de Lachine.

Your application may be refused if there are not enough resources