Winter Road Maintenance 

The Public Works Department is responsible for the sanding, salting and plowing of approximately 487 kilometers of Municipal roads. There are nine plow routes, three from Roseneath Depot and six from Centreton Depot. Winter control equipment and manpower is available on a continuous basis, 7 days a week, 24 hours. to respond to any winter event. It is the objective of the Public Works Department to conduct its operational activities in an efficient and effective way in order to provide safe driving conditions on all roads owned and maintained by the Township.

Snow Accumulation

The minimum standard for clearing snow accumulation for Alnwick Haldimand Township is as follows:

  • Alnwick Haldimand Township roads are Class 4, 5 or 6 roads as per the Minimum Maintenance Standard
  • Once the the roadway is greater than the depth set out in the Minimum Maintenance Standard, resources are deployed as soon as practical to address the accumulation 
  • The depth threshold for the Township's Class 4 roads is 8cm and the time limit to clear the accumulation is 12 to 16 hours according to the Minimum Maintenance Standards.

Icy Roadways

The minimum standard for treating icy roadways is to deploy resources as soon as practical after becoming aware of the condition or of a high probability of the condition, and to treat the roadway within the time limit set out in the Minimum Maintenance Standards. 

Please remember to adjust your driving to suit the weather and road conditions. Thank you for your cooperation. 

The Township is not responsible for the maintenance of the following roads:

County Roads

If you have concerns about the condition of a county road, contact the Northumberland County.

Provincial Highways

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is the road authority responsible for maintaining the following highways:

  • Highway 401

MTO provides current information on road conditions, construction projects and traffic conditions on provincial highways. You can also access this information by calling 5-1-1.

Private Roads

The Township does not maintain private roads.

Winter Parking

Parking is not permitted on any highway or portion thereof during the winter months of November 1st to April 30th. To learn about winter parking, please see By-Law No. 137-2019.

You can help simplify the Township's winter control by considering the following helpful tips:

  • Remove all vehicles from the road after a snowfall.
  • Do not place snow from sidewalks or driveways on the street. The Highway Traffic Act and Township of Alnwick/Haldimand prohibit the placing of snow or ice on a roadway.
  • Be patient. Snowplows will eventually clear the streets of snow.
  • Do not place hockey nets or basketball nets on roads or sidewalks.
  • Do not place snow or ice directly beside or blocking access to a fire hydrant.
  • Clear snow and ice from sewer grates and culverts to help prevent flooding.


Mailboxes are the responsibility of the property owner. The Township does not clear the snow around mailboxes or guarantee any service levels for rural mail delivery. The property owner must ensure standards for Canada Post requirements for rural delivery.

Mailbox Replacement

Standard mailboxes replacement is available if damaged by Township equipment; however, the Township is not responsible for damages caused by the impact of snow on a mailbox during regular snowplow operations.

The municipality will replace a damaged mailbox if the damage is a direct hit from the plow equipment; this is subject to the approval of the Public Works Manager.

Frequently asked questions

I just finished plowing my driveway and the plow came by and filled it back in. What can be done about this?

You may need to clear your driveway several times during and after a major snow storm.

Why can't the plow lift the blade at my driveway?

The snowplow equipment is not designed to be lifted during plowing. During the plowing process, the blade must stay on the ground to clear the roadways effectively. In addition, lifting the plow during operation would cause hazardous driving conditions.

How is the winter parking By-law enforced?

Read the Parking by-law.

Can I take snow across the road?

According to section 181 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission. Permission must be in writing from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road.

Ontario 511

Planning your trip in and around Alnwick/Haldimand is now easier with an improved travel information service provided by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Ontario 511 is offered to the public via three channels:

  1. Online through the Ontario 511 website.
  2. Twitter
  3. Telephone contact through dialing 5-1-1.