With over 20 centimetres of snow falling in the past couple of days, the City of Montreal announced that snow removal season is officially beginning on January 3. 

A statement from the city says that, as of tomorrow, nearly 2,200 snow removal vehicles will start "loading operations" on Montreal's 10,000 km of streets, sidewalks and bike paths, in all its boroughs. Spreading and clearing operations are set to take "as long as necessary to ensure safe travel."

"I invite pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to exercise caution and to plan their movements in order to facilitate operations," says Mayor Valérie Plante.

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Will certain zones be prioritized?

The city says, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, snow removal operations are full steam ahead "while respecting health regulations to protect our employees and offer the best possible level of service to citizens."

Hospitals, access to public transit systems and major arteries will be prioritized, according to the statement. 

How will I know where to park?

The city says that because a large part of the population is working-from-home right now, it is "pay[ing] special attention to parking management."

Jean-François Parenteau, the city councillor responsible for citizen services, advises drivers to carefully respect street signs when parking. 

The city says it has added over 3,000 spaces for a total of 8,400 free parking spaces available during snow removal. 

Montrealers can use this map to find available spaces or refer to this list of 12 designated parking lots in five boroughs that offer free parking overnight during snow removal.

You can also download the Info-Neige MTL app on Apple or on Google Play. It tells drivers where off-street parking is available nearby. It also visually shows the progress of snow removal services.

The city notes that signs always take precedence over information on maps or apps. 

What should I do if my car gets towed? 

If the worst-case-scenario happens, and your car gets towed, the Towing INFO System can help you locate your vehicle — either by license plate or by the location where you parked. 

Is there an easy way to report problems to the city? 

The Montréal - Service aux citoyens app allows citizens to report issues, such as poorly plowed roads and sidewalks, signs with errors, slippery streets near schools, hospitals and bus stops as well as potholes. 

You can also set the app to send you notices and alerts on emergency situations and unforeseen events, as well as on snow removal and traffic.


This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.


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