Huntsville Public Works maintain Town-owned roadways, sidewalks and parking lots throughout the year.
Muskoka Public Works maintain District roadways throughout the year. Check the list of District roads if you are unsure who maintains a road.

Roads

Winter road maintenance

Winter road maintenance

From Nov 1st to April 15th each year we plow, sand, salt and remove snow from:

  • Over 400 kms of roads
  • About 30 kms of sidewalks
  • Town parking lots

Standards

The Town is required to meet the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (MMS). The MMS are standards from the Province of Ontario for road maintenance. Snow and ice are removed within a specified time frame. Standards can vary by road class, speed limit and traffic volume on a roadway.

Plowing - general
  • When 2-3 inches of snow has accumulated, crews begin to work on main routes. 
  • When snow levels reach 3-4 inches, plows will visit secondary/local roads.
  • See plowing priorities, below.
  • Staff watch temperature and snowfall amounts closely. Plows may be diverted from one area to another during weather events. This helps maintain roads with high traffic, safely and more efficiently.

Plowing length of time

The length of time it will take to plow roads, depends on:

  • Time of day storm starts
  • Time of day storm ends
  • How long storm lasts
  • Wind conditions
  • Temperatures
  • Traffic and obstacles (example: parked cars)

Main roads aim to be plowed within 6-12 hours after snowfall has ended.

All other roads within 12-16 hours after snowfall has ended.

Plowing - vehicles

The Town has:

  • Ten plow/sander trucks
  • Graders
  • Loaders
  • Three sidewalk plows

Each of these vehicles have an assigned route.

Plowing - routes, map and priority roads
The Town of Huntsville has 9 dedicated plow routes. Each route takes about 6-7 hours to complete depending on many factors such as:
  • Weather
  • Road conditions
  • Obstructions (like parked vehicles)

Our drivers operate on a split shift model during the weekdays.

Reminder

Keep a safe distance back from plows and avoid passing. Please be patient with plow drivers.

Plow Map

Plowing priorities

Snow is cleared based on the type of road/street and the volume of traffic. Plowing priorities are:

Main routes

Main routes focus on main roads which carry large traffic volume, such as:

  • Bus routes
  • School areas
  • Emergency service areas (fire, police, hospital)
  • Critical areas on hills, curves and bridges

These roads are the first priority roads. They are maintained to a bare pavement condition.

Designated secondary routes

Designated secondary routes focus on the streets that link the main routes. Links could include:

  • Secondary streets; or
  • Residential streets

These streets are the second priority. They are maintained to a centre bare pavement condition.

Secondary routes

Secondary/local routes include all streets that:

  • Are not main routes
  • Are not designated secondary routes
  • Are low volume traffic

These streets are not brought to a bare pavement condition. But are plowed and sanded as necessary to provide safe travel. And are serviced after the main and designated secondary routes have been cleared.

District of Muskoka snow clearing priorities

The District of Muskoka owns and maintains many roads in the Town's limits.  Check the list of District roads if you are unsure who maintains a road.

If you have a plowing concern on a District road, contact:

Snow removal - roads

Snow removal is different to snow plowing. Plowing pushes snow to road edges.

Removal is when crews take away the large banks that pile up on road edges or in parking lots.

Benefits

Benefits of snow removal:

  • Removes “tunneling effect” of snow banks and improves sight lines
  • Reduces amount of sand along the roads for a quicker spring cleanup (not as much sand to sweep up)
  • Reduces amount of sand that washes into the roadside catch basins and ditches in the spring

Reminder

Do not shovel, blow or plow snow out onto a public roadway. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act it is illegal.

Snow clearing - parking lots

Town-owned parking lots are generally cleared between midnight and 6 a.m. If a vehicle is parked in a lot between these hours, it may get plowed in.

Parking areas - map

View the parking map to find out where to park safely during the winter months.

Concerns

During snow events, the Public Works crews will be out plowing, salting/sanding. See plowing priorities section on this page for full details.

Report a concern

Before contacting us, please allow some time for our crews to catch up with the snow event. The volume of calls increases a lot during this time.

To inquire or report a concern, please fill out the questions or concerns form or call 705-789-1751, option 5.

Spring road maintenance
Info. coming Spring 2021
Plans and studies

Sidewalks

Draft Sidewalk Master Plan

A multi-year sidewalk capital plan is being created. 

Purpose

  • Identify existing infrastructure
  • Develop a plan for major sidewalks, minor sidewalks, multi-use pathways
  • Set standards for future growth

Draft plan

Have your say

Help expand the community's sidewalk framework. Join the conversation on myhuntsville.ca

 

Winter sidewalk maintenance

Winter sidewalk maintenance

From Nov 1st to April 15th each year we plow, sand, salt and remove snow from:

  • Over 400 kms of roads
  • About 30 kms of sidewalks
  • Town parking lots

Standards

The Town is required to meet the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (MMS). The MMS are standards from the Province of Ontario for road maintenance. Snow and ice are removed within a specified time frame. Standards can vary by road class, speed limit and traffic volume on a roadway.

 

Snow removal - sidewalks

Sidewalks are maintained during the winter months by Town of Huntsville staff. 

The Town has three sidewalk plows.

  • When three inches of snow has accumulated, crews begin to work on main routes
  • Sidewalks on major roads and streets with schools are first priority
  • Maintained to a snow-packed conditions

Clearing length of time

We aim to have all sidewalks clear within 48 hours.

Reminder

Keep sidewalks by your property or home free and clear of ice and snow. This is required between 9am and 5pm.

Snow clearing - parking lots

Town-owned parking lots are generally cleared between midnight and 6 a.m. If a vehicle is parked in a lot between these hours, it may get plowed in.

Parking areas - map

View the parking map to find out where to park safely during the winter months.

Questions or Concerns

During snow events, the Public Works crews will be out plowing, salting/sanding. 

Report a concern

Before contacting us, please allow some time for our crews to catch up with the snow event. The volume of calls increases a lot during this time.

To inquire or report a concern, please fill out the questions or concerns form or call 705-789-1751, option 5.

Spring sidewalk maintenance
Info. coming Spring 2021
Plans and studies