District of Nipissing
Winter Road Maintenance

Winter Road Maintenance

In the winter, Public Works staff are busy plowing and sanding the Township roads. There are a number of things that you can do in the winter to help us keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

We do our best to quickly clear snow and ice from the roadways. However, during snow storms or bad weather, high priority roads such as the ones in the villages of Whitney and Madawaska are plowed and sanded first. If you live on a secondary road, please be patient.

Snow on Roadways

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, it is illegal to shovel, blow or plow snow out onto a roadway. It’s also very dangerous and can cause oncoming vehicles to lose control. Please use caution when clearing your driveway and always be aware of the traffic around you.

Winter Parking

Effective November 1, 2020, to April 15, 2021, parking of vehicles and/or trailers within a township road allowance including snow plow turnarounds is strictly prohibited.

Vehicles parked within the road allowance not only slow down the route drivers but also pose safety risks when driving a large truck, plow and wing around vehicles.

Residents should make arrangements to have their driveways cleared of snow to ensure that parking in the roadway is not necessary and that emergency services can access the property.

Residents and visitors who fish lakes that are accessed from township roads must make alternative parking arrangements to ensure that vehicles and trailers are not parked within the road allowance or in snow plow turn around areas..

The Corporation of the Township of South Algonquin’s Level of Service for Municipal Highways By-Law No. 2016-512 states that;

“During the designated winter season from November 1st to April 15th any vehicles hindering winter maintenance operations will be towed at the owner’s expense by the nearest available towing vehicle and any cost in this towing and retrieval of the towed vehicle will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner.”

Furthermore, per Section 170 (12) of the Highway Traffic Act-Vehicles Interfering with Traffic;

“(12) Despite the other provisions of this section, no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a highway in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or the clearing of snow from the highway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 170 (12)”.


When approaching a plow, reduce speed, keep your headlights on low, and stay to the right.  If driving behind a plow, give them plenty of room and remember they may need to back up.

Report a Problem

Although staff do regular road patrols, sometimes stuff happens. If you see an issue that needs our attention such as a broken street light, pot hole, dangerous road conditions, a fallen tree or culvert washout, let us know!

Community Emergency Management Coordinator | Aurel Thom

Phone: 613-637-5533
Cell: 613-334-5018
Email: cemc@southalgonquin.ca

To report a dangerous road condition outside of regular business hours please use the Cell numbers provided.

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