Frequently Asked Questions

When do snow removal operations begin?

When 5 cm of snow or other precipitation has accumulated on the ground, snow clearing operations are usually triggered on main arteries, boulevards and collector streets, the latter being those streets connecting main arteries to local streets in residential neighbourhoods.

What streets are prioritized during snow removal operations in Brossard?

The snow removal plan ensures uniform interventions throughout the City. The road network is classified into three levels and clearing is performed in the following order:
Level 1 – Boulevards and main arteries
Level 2 – Collector streets
Level 3 – Local streets

Note that emergency routes are always prioritized.

Is snow removal brossard’s responsibility on all roads within the city limits?

No. Snow removal on certain main arteries, boulevards and highway access ramps is not the responsibility of the City. The following roadways are under provincial jurisdiction and are the responsibility of the ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ):

  • Boulevard Taschereau
  • Access ramps to Highways 10 and 30
  • Marie-Victorin Boulevard (underneath the Champlain Bridge)

What is a spreading operation?

A spreading operation consists of the dumping of de-icing materials (sodium chloride) and abrasives (stone dust) on streets, sidewalks and trails when snow accumulation is apparent on the ground or when ice forms (freezing rain, sleet, etc.).

Why is there no spreading on my street?

In order to limit the environmental impact of spreading de-icing and abrasive materials, they are used in moderation in certain areas of the City. Ville de Brossard adheres to the principle of rues éco-hivernales, ensuring that no de-icing salt is used on Level 3 residential streets, so as to reduce the environmental footprint left by snow removal.

Is the city allowed to blow snow onto private property?

Yes. Ville de Brossard favours blowing snow on private, commercial, industrial and institutional property so as to limit the transporting of snow to the snow depot and reduce the environmental footprint of snow removal operations.

What do i do if i find damages to grass, hedges, fences or other property, caused by snow removal?

You must file a claim with the City before May 15 of the following spring by contacting Services Brossard. Depending on the type of damage, the repair work will be carried out during the summer.

What are the main factors that can slow down snow removal operations?

Several factors influence the time taken for snow removal. For example, daytime operations are longer than nighttime operations due to the number of cars parked in the streets.

The duration of the snow removal operations itself is a factor to consider. If snow removal continues for more than 12 hours, a rest period is necessary for team members to ensure the safety of road users and to meet labour standards.

Mechanical failures can also cause delays during operations.

Why does the snowplow leave snow at the end of my driveway?

Snow from the road surface must be pushed to the sides of the roadway in order to allow automobile traffic to pass. There is no practical way to avoid snowbanks, also called windrows, on the sides of traffic lanes.

Why is it forbidden to shovel snow onto the streets?

It is forbidden to shovel snow onto a public road or alongside the curb in order not to interfere with snow removal operations and to facilitate pedestrian movement on public ways.

Why are plow trucks out on the road network even if it's not snowing?

Various factors may require operators to be out in the network even if it's not snowing. For example, rain, wind and extreme cold may require the spreading of abrasives.