The Township of Alnwick/Haldimand maintains roads and sidewalks during the winter months to keep our residents safe. Public Works snowplows and sands icy conditions on maintained municipal roads following winter weather events.

Snowplowing

Public Works has nine plow routes out of the following locations:

  • 6 routes operate from the Centreton (South) garage
  • 3 routes operate from the Roseneath (North) garage

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

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.