Snow Removal Policies

We know when the snow starts falling that you start to wonder when you might see a snow plow or sander heading down your street. Did you know that the Town of Hinton has a snow clearing and sanding policy (PDF) that helps determine priority areas?

Visit the AMA website for the AMA road reports.

Street Sanding
The following priority will follow street sanding:
  • Switzer Drive (Hill Access to Valley Access)
  • Dr. Reid Way (Hospital Entrance)
  • Robb Road including Mountain Street intersection
  • Jug Handle
Sanding trucks will then split to Hill and Valley.

Hill Area
  • Collinge Road Area (Roche Miette School)
  • Eaton Road and Government Road
  • Jarvis Street and Forest Heights
  • Kelley Road and West River Road
  • MacLeod Avenue (Mountain View School)
  • Mountain Street (Robb Road to Highway 16 including Gerard Redmond School)
  • Service Roads along Highway 16
  • Remaining Hill Area and Hill Shopping Centre
  • Remaining intersections abutting Switzer Drive
Valley Area
  • Hardisty Avenue (Crescent Valley School)
  • Maurer Drive and Boutin Avenue
  • Streets abutting Hardisty and Switzer
  • Sunwapta Drive (Harry Collinge High School)
  • Tamarack Avenue and Tamarack Drive
  • Thompson Lake
  • Valley Area
  • Valley Shopping Centre 
Snow Plowing
Snow plowing will be carried out after snow accumulation of approximately 5 centimetres. During a snowfall, Switzer Drive from hill access to valley access, Dr. Reid Way, Jug Handle, Robb Road and Mountain Street (Highway 16 - Robb Road) will be plowed to ensure safe driving with a minimum of inconvenience to the motorist. All other areas will generally be left until the snowfall has subsided.

The Public Works crew will divide into groups and proceed to the Hill and Valley districts.

Hill Area
  • Access to Water and Sewer Facilities
  • Collinge Road and Wanyandi Avenue
  • Eaton Road and Government Road
  • Hill Shopping Centre as required (approximately 10 centimetres)
  • Jarvis Street
  • Kelley Road and West River Road
  • MacLeod Avenue - Switzer Drive to Rowan Street
  • Parks West Mall Access and Woodley Drive
  • Residential Streets as required
  • Residential Streets fronting schools
  • Service Roads along Highway 16
Valley Area
  • Access to Water and Sewer Facilities
  • East River Road to Corporate Limits
  • Hampshire Road
  • Hardisty Avenue - Switzer Drive to Drinnan Way and East River Road
  • Maurer Drive and Boutin Avenue (to houses)
  • Recreation Centre Parking Lot
  • Remaining Intersections abutting Switzer Drive
  • Residential streets as required
  • Residential streets fronting schools
  • Swanson Drive
  • Tamarack Avenue and Tamarack Drive
  • Thompson Lake (Brookhart, Makenny, Brown, Smith Streets; McArdell Drive and Tocher Avenue)
  • Valley Shopping Centre as required (approximately 10 centimetres)
Moving from higher traffic priority areas to residential areas will take place provided significant melting or additional heavy snowfall has not occurred.