Winter Control

The City of Yorkton's Snow and Ice Control and Removal Policy describes how snow and ice control will be handled by the City once a snowfall hits.

Snow removal

Snow plowing is based on a priority system, starting with highways, main streets and emergency routes. Next are collector streets (Dracup avenue, Morrison drive, Darlington street and Myrtle avenue), then residential streets, cul-de-sac and bays.

Snow Removal Map

When storms are continuous, or closely follow one another, operations will be repeated or continued on the routes of highest priority until completed before moving onto streets of lesser priority.

Snow route parking bans

Snow Route Parking Bans are declared to restrict on-street parking during our snowplowing operations. There are signs in place on all designated routes.

Fines may be issued and vehicles may be towed if they are not moved during a snow route parking ban.

Commercial and residential snow clearing

Snow plowing on main streets are not typically done until 2” (5 cm) of snow has accumulated, with forecasts of more snowfall. Residential streets will not be plowed unless there is more than 4” (10 cm) of accumulated snowfall.

Refer to the Snow Facts document for a break-down of snow removal information.

Sand and salt operations

In the winter, salt and sand trucks are out regularly during the week targeting high traffic roadways and problem areas throughout the city.

With salt and sand, we would like drivers to keep in mind that there are conditions that can limit its effectiveness:

  • Salt will not melt the snow/ice if temperatures are colder than -18 degrees.
  • Sand can be quickly worn away from traffic on high traffic streets.

If there is an area that you think needs attention, please report it to the Public Works department.

Sidewalks and cul-de-sac snow clearing

Sidewalks

Some road right-of-ways and public sidewalks will be utilized for snow storage. This is to accommodate on-street parking as much as possible, and helps to prevent narrowing of streets.

Cul-de-sac

Snow is often piled in the centre of a cul-de-sac or in the middle of a main street to allow for timely clearing of driving lanes. City crews will return at a later time to remove the pile of snow.

Snow clearing problems

You can report any snow clearing issues to the City Public Works department.

Please send us an email or call 306-786-1760 during and after regular office hours. If you are calling after regular office hours, you may leave a message or be connected to our after-hours on call representative.

Report a Snow Concern

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our winter maintenance operations.

Why doesn't the City plow all the sidewalks?

There are over 80 km of sidewalks throughout the city of Yorkton. Unfortunately, the City does not have the budget or staff resources to provide maintenance for all sidewalks.

Why do plows fill my driveway with snow?

There are approximately 150 km of roads in Yorkton. When a snowstorm hits the city, our crew's primary objective is to keep the transportation network free-flowing and for emergency services.

Why does my small local street always seem to be the last street to get plowed?

The plowing operation is based upon a hierarchy system. Snowplows are first deployed to clear the main roads (such as arterial roads), followed by secondary roads (such as collector roads and bus routes) and lastly, by local roads (such as small crescents and cul-de-sacs). Since hospitals and emergency services such as police, ambulance and fire services are all located on arterial roads, the hierarchy ensures that these essential services can still operate.