Snow clearance of Newmarket local roads are maintained by the Public Works Services department. Regional roads (e.g. Yonge Street, Mulock Drive) are maintained by York Region.
The Town of Newmarket works hard in advance to prepare for the first snow fall of the winter season. Newmarket staff work to transform dump trucks and tractors into snow ploughs, and perform winter vehicle maintenance while ensuring sufficient supplies of sand and salt to keep our roads safe.
Here some answers to general questions about snow clearance in Newmarket. For a full list of frequently asked questions, please view our snow clearance FAQ page.
General Snow Facts:
- The Town starts to plow when snow accumulates over 5 cm
- First snow response is to sand/salt the roads and takes four to five hours to complete the Town
- Takes approximately 8-10 hours to plow/clear the Town; 12 hours and longer, if snow continues to fall
- Priority/ designated roads are completed first - These are major routes for traffic and emergency vehicles
- There are over 250 Courts in town that require special small ploughs to clear
- There are 11 snow plough routes; 6 Town owned and operated trucks and 5 contracted trucks – dump trucks are equipped with front plow/ wings and sanding/salting units
- There are 21 Parks Staff that work during snow period
- There are 9 sidewalk ploughs
- The Town ploughs sidewalks on all primary roads and along school routes, as much as possible
- Pathways into parks are not cleared by Parks and Property, Fairy Lake and Tom Taylor Trail are the only two exceptions
- Walkways will be cleared as Priority 2 into Parks, on school routes and walkways between streets.
- Brown mailboxes (usually in newer subdivisions) are cleared by Canada Post
- Bus shelters and stops are the responsibility of York Region Transit
- Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks fronting and abutting their properties. The Town ploughs only certain sidewalks generally on arterial roads and minor collectors. For these sidewalks residents are still requested to keep snow and ice cleared between Town ploughings.