Golden’s average annual snowfall is 184 centimetres. When it snows, it’s the Town of Golden’s job to clear more than 55 kilometres of roadways, and over 20 kilometres of trails and sidewalks.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to do their part to help Golden’s snow removal crew clear snow as safely and effectively as possible!
Winter Road Maintenance Priorities
The purpose of the Town’s Snow Clearing and Sanding Policy is to ensure safe municipal roads, sidewalks and parking lots during winter conditions through effective, efficient and affordable snow removal and ice control operations. The policy also provides staff with an established priority-based system for winter maintenance.
The Town uses two plow and sand trucks, one snow hauler, one sidewalk machine, two front-end loaders, one grader and one backhoe for snow clearing. To run all this equipment, we have four equipment operators, a crew foreman and one person on the ground taking care of icy sidewalks, stairways and municipal buildings.
Streets are maintained on a priority basis, making sure hills, major streets and emergency routes are cleared first to ensure public safety. After a large snow event, snow removal along roads and sidewalks begins with:
- 9th Street South and 10th Avenue North (within the confines of the Town’s jurisdiction);
- significant hills including Selkirk, Lafontaine and Gareb Road;
- the area around the Fire Hall;
- school routes; and
- some public parking lots.
Once the main routes are taken care of, snow removal continues with remaining Town owned parking areas, residential streets, the Airport, and remaining sidewalks and trails.
Driveway windows of senior citizens or persons with disabilities are plowed as soon as possible after an initial clean-up has been completed.
It can take two to three days for an initial clean-up after a large snow event. Once the first-round plowing and sanding has occurred, the crews then start on ice cutting and snow hauling processes, if required. Intersections, pedestrian crossings, hills and sidewalks get sanded first to ensure public safety.
Town staff actively patrol throughout the winter for violations that could be hampering the snow removal process. The Town of Golden thanks all residents and business for their cooperation and patience throughout the season.