Ongoing Roadwork Priorities
Winter Road Maintenance Documents
Year Round Care
Keeping roads well maintained, safe and accessible is the Department's priority year round. Mountain View County operates with 10 Road Maintenance Districts managed by full time (year round) operators, 1 seasonal operator and contract graders. Each is responsible for approximately 130 miles of gravel road and 70 miles of chip sealed roads
With the daily commute becoming a common feature of life in Mountain View County, Operational Services has reviewed winter maintenance service levels, and instituted changes to address increased traffic and commuter traffic traveling on County roads early in the morning and later into the evening:
Mobilized response to the storm event location
Mountain View County will now mobilize equipment to respond to storm events wherever they may be occurring within the County. Often times winter storm events do not affect the whole County at once; so this approach allows Operational Services to maximize their resources, and move crews throughout the County to keep roads clear during snowfall events.
Focused response on collector network
Mountain View County's primary collector roads are the lifeline that keeps commercial emergency and school traffic on the go. In recognition of this, Operational Services crews will focus on keeping the major collector routes open during a storm event; moving on to minor collectors/ school bus routes; industrial roads; and all other County roads and subdivisions (in that order of priority).
24/ 7 day patrol and response
Mountain View County is committed to ensuring that motorists have safe passage through the County by providing 24 hour coverage and patrols during winter storm events.
Earlier response to address commuters and bus routes- Four trucks strategically placed throughout Mountain View County will be assigned to patrol and sand County roads during a winter storm event, starting as early as 4 a.m. This will ensure that travelers on primary collector routes will be able to make their journey in the best possible conditions. A second County crew will commence work at 7 a.m. or earlier; with crews rotating to cover off the morning, afternoon and evening commute- concluding operations at 8 p.m. or later during a major snowfall event.
Primarily truck response during snow events
In an effort to better utilize County resources that are best suited for the situation at hand, Mountain View County has broken their storm response up into three stages:
- Pre-event- Concentrated anti-icing efforts on the County Road Network
- Event- Snow plowing using County plow trucks. Graders will be used for cleanup or to address severe drifting as required.
- Post-event- Cleanup after the event includes subdivision plowing by graders after the event, subdivision plowing and winging and clean-up of road shoulders.
The County uses a process of wetting sand with calcium for winter sanding - this reduces the usage of salt; speeds up de-icing and creates a safer driving surface.
To ensure prompt snow removal on secondary and access roads, residents are reminded to have mailboxes and signage well distanced from road entranceways so equipment can move freely. The County's priority is keeping major public roads clear of snow and ice and ensuring transportation networks are operating at peak capacity. Blocked private laneways and access roads are treated on a secondary priority basis, however the County is pleased to provide references for private snow removal on lanes and private properties. Please call the office for more information at 403-335-3311.