Road Safety & Clearing
Our Public Works Roads department monitors changing winter road conditions during regular hours of work looking for hazardous conditions. Please direct all requests, comments and concerns directly to the Public Works Department at 250-544-4224. The department is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After hours, Central Saanich Police monitor road conditions by the officers in the field; during those hours, please call Central Saanich Police at 250-652-4441.
We are responsible for keeping well over 130 km of roads safe and passable; once a roadway is identified as potentially hazardous, operations staff respond based on snow clearing response priorities. Our service operates seven days a week to handle after-hour requests or problems.
Snow & Ice Control Tips
Your patience and co-operation is appreciated when our snow and ice control program is in operation. The following tips are to assist you:
- If possible, do not park your vehicle on the street or in your cul-de-sac. An empty street makes the passage of snow plows and salt spreaders much easier.
- Do not try to stop the plow truck operators and give the snow plow operators as much room as possible. Our drivers are aware of the surroundings, but the equipment is large and visibility can be difficult at times. Please do not attempt to wave down or step out in front of a salt truck or plow to get the driver’s attention.
- Walk on the left side of the road (facing traffic) on roadways where there are no sidewalks or the sidewalks are impassable due to snow.
- Please place the snow on the right side of your driveway as you face the road. This will keep snow plows from filling in your driveway as they clear the roads. (Pushing the snow from your driveway onto the road will add to the pack on the roads making a hazardous situation and increases danger.)
- Please shovel any catch basins if they are in front of your home. After a snow event when temperatures begin to rise will allow snow to melt and it will began to drain into the storm system and will reduce the chance of flooding and icing in the road. In turn will reduce the chance of flooding your own property.