***How soon after a snow storm will my road be plowed?
We’re on the job day and night, 24/7, keeping our roads as clear and safe as possible. Road clearing is scheduled according to the kind of road and traffic levels. This allows for maximum mobility for the most amount of people during stormy weather.
The plowing priorities and service levels are:
• 100-Series and Trunk highways and other high traffic roads – within 8 hours after snow stops
• Local paved roads, including most subdivisions and residential streets- within 24 hours after snow stops
• Gravel roads – within 24 hours after snow stops
***What are the salting and sanding levels of service?
Our salting and sanding levels of service are:
• 100-Series highway and major roads with high traffic – salted to achieve bare pavement. Salt is applied before, during and after a storm if required.
• Major roads with high traffic – salted to achieve a 2.5-metre to 5-metre bare strip along the centre line. Salt is applied at the beginning of a storm and after a storm, if required.
• Local paved roads with low traffic – salted to achieve a 1-metre to 2.5-metre bare strip. Salt is applied only after a storm.
• Gravel roads – A salt-sand mixture is used to achieve a snow packed surface.
***When do you use salt vs. sand?
We strive to provide the highest possible level of service and safety in the most environmentally responsible way.
Salt is the most effective and affordable anti-icing agent, however, there are areas where a salt-sand mixture is used instead. These areas include:
- Near wells and ground water supplies to protect the water
- In environmentally sensitive areas
- On bridges, because it’s less corrosive
- On gravel roads, where it gives better traction
***How do I find out about road conditions?
• Visit our website at novascotia.ca/tran/cameras/ for information on our roads, and to view webcams
• For conditions on provincial highways, dial 511
• For local road information, dial 1-888-432-3233
***How can I report a dangerous road condition?
If you are aware of a dangerous road condition, please report it by calling 1-888-432-3233.
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