Birch Hills County requests that when approaching snowplowing equipment please exercise extreme caution and slow down, for the safety of our employees. Our snowplowing equipment is big in nature with many blind spots, please don’t assume the operator can see you. If you have snowplowing concerns please call the County office instead of stopping our machinery.
Plowing of gravel surface roadways should commence when snow accumulations reach 10-cm on the roadway unless drifting conditions prevail. Snow removal will be undertaken in a manner that minimizes motor grader backtracking or high blading. Snow removal will only be undertaken to an established residence or to transport agricultural products, provided the road may be opened with a motor grader. This service will be subject to the availability of equipment. Winter maintenance schedules are determined by weather conditions and at the direction of the Public Works Department or, in their absence, the CAO.
Priority is given to school bus routes, arterial roads, and medical emergencies, then local roads and Hamlets. Only one approach per residence will be cleared.
Continuous Heavy Snow Fall Plowing
In the event that we experience snowfalls similar to that during the 2013 Christmas holidays, Birch Hills County is going to implement something new to residents. The County is going to open up roads as quickly as possible using a simple two pass system. Graders will make two passes on the roads, but will not clear approaches or full intersections during this process. Efforts will be made by the graders to not pile snow at the end of a driveway by lifting the wing to spread the snow out, instead of creating a snow bank. This plowing process will cause more than usual amounts of snow accumulation at every approach and intersection.
In order for the graders to clear as many miles as possible, no roads will be assigned a priority. Once the heavy snowfall has ended, roads will be cleaned up as per daily road maintenance procedures. It is at this time that all approaches and intersections will be cleared fully.
The County hopes not to have to use this system often but asks for your patience and understanding when we do.