There are provincial minimum standards that dictate roadway maintenance. There are five classes: one, two and three take priority. Classes four and five, such as local streets and some cul-de-sacs get cleared after the priority roads are complete.
Class 1 Examples: Highbury Avenue, Wellington Road, Exeter Road, Fanshawe Park Road Class 2 Examples: Southdale Road, Oxford Street, Dundas Street, Wharncliffe Road Class 3 Examples: Viscount Road, Dufferin Avenue, Colborne Street Cycle Track Class 4 Examples: Aldersbrook Road, Doon Drive, Twemuir Avenue Class 5 Examples: Local streets and some cul de sacs Anti-icing
A technique known as “anti-icing” is used during snowy weather. Salt brine mixed with beet juice (de-sugared sugar beet molasses) is applied to the road prior to a storm. Anti-icing helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.
The city does use salt, but tries to minimize the amount. It’s only used on main streets at the start of a snowfall and throughout the snow removal process. That’s to prevent the adhesion of snow or ice to the road, according to the city. Anti-icing allows crews to use even less salt once the snow starts falling.
The City of London Streets By-law dictates residents are responsible to clear snow from their property and keep it on their property, city officials said. In other words, don’t move the snow from your laneway onto the street or sidewalk.
Officials recommend shoveling early and often to prevent snow from becoming packed down. They don’t recommend homeowners use salt as it can be harmful to the environment, Reducing salt use on private property.