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The Public Works Department maintains approximately 1200 square kilometres across the Municipality of West Nipissing. This includes snow removal and plowing, street sanding, sidewalk maintenance, pothole maintenance, drainage, road grading, street light repairs and patrolling.

Report a Problem

You can report a problem by emailing or by calling 705-753-2250 during regular business hours.

For urgent matters outside of business hours, please call 705-753-1170.

To report an incident or accident and make a claim to the Municipality of West Nipissing, please fill out and submit the Notice of Claim form.

Winter Snow Clearing

Trucks with flashing lights are performing winter maintenance. Please give them room to work and pass with caution as visibility may be compromised with blowing snow. If a snow plow stops, it is likely to back up, so please give them lots of room. You can see them, but if you are driving a small car, they may not see you if you are following too closely.

During heavy snowfalls, property owners are encouraged to assist the Municipality’s snow removal crews by:

  • getting vehicles off the streets and parking in your driveway
  • keeping fire hydrants clean and visible
  • clearing snow and ice from the Municipal sidewalk abutting your property
  • keeping catch basins clear of snow and ice for proper drainage during a thaw

To keep roads clear of snow and safe for drivers and pedestrians, residents can also:

  • Keep children informed about winter road safety. This includes avoiding digging tunnels near roads or in snowbanks, where cars and snowplows drive by.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk against the traffic on the side of the road.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night
  • Remove ornaments or decorations placed near the street, as they could be damaged by snow removal activities.

Unfortunately, during snow removal operations, the snow removal equipment operators cannot lift their blade every time they come to a driveway approach. Therefore, if possible, homeowners should wait to clear their driveway approaches until the plows have been able to clear the curb lanes.

For more information on specific inquiries surrounding the Municipality’s snow removal, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Winter Safety Tips

Never push snow from your driveway (including snow banks left by the plows) on the road or across the road, which can create unsafe driving conditions.

Please ensure that your children do not play where snow is piled at the side of the street or in the courts, and near the snow plows, sanders, loaders and tractors. Snow equipment operators may not see children playing in the snow or near the equipment.

Be wary of “black ice” (a thin layer of transparent ice that is formed when the road surface draws moisture from the air and the road temperature is or falls below 0 degrees Celsius.

Spring Sweeping

Immediately following winter, roads are swept to remove the accumulation of any sand and salt from winter street maintenance. If the roads and sidewalks are not quickly swept up soon after the winter season, the spring rain washes the sand into catch basins and water courses, requiring specialized removal of sand.

Street sweeping begins between May 1 to May 31, once snow and ice has melted from road shoulders and curbs. Street sweeping priorities are based on volumes of traffic on roadways where winter road sand may generate excessive dust. Downtown core and main streets are completed first.

Summer Road Maintenance

Completion and start dates for road maintenance services are all weather dependent.

Weather dependent, asphalt-marking operations usually take place in early June.

In early July, Liquid Calcium Chloride is applied to gravel roads to stabilize the road base and to control dust created by vehicular traffic. Roads may be slippery when wet for a short period of time.

Statistics and Maintenance Standards

The Public Works Department maintains approximately 1200 square kilometres

  • 535 km of roads (classes 4, 5 and 6):
    • 430 km of gravel roads
    • 41 km of surface treated (LCB) roads
    • 64 km of asphalt (HCB) roads
  • 1,000 km of ditches, approximately
  • 38.5 km of sidewalks

Roads currently maintained by the MTO

  • Highway 17, 2.2 km of Class 2
  • Highway 64, 1.6 km of Class 3


Inspections and deployment of services are based on Road Classification and the Ontario Regulation 239/02: Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways. Here are some relevant guidelines set by the regulation:


Class of Highway Patrolling Frequency
4 once every 14 days
5 once every 30 days
6 no applicable standard


Snow Accumulation – Roadways

Class of Highway  Depth Time
4 8 cm 16 hours
5 10 cm 24 hours
6 no applicable standard


Ice Formation Prevention

Class of Highway Time
4 24 hours
5 24 hours
6 no applicable standard


Treatment of Icy Roadways

Class of Highway Time
4 12 hours
5 16 hours
6 no applicable standard
Projects and Reports

The Belanger Street project has been delayed due to sanitary main capacity issues.  The Municipality and Consultants are currently working on design and acquiring permits and approvals from regulatory bodies. The construction is now scheduled for 2021.

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