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Residences bordering a provincial road - Winter responsibilities

During the winter months, residents living along roads under the competence of the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable (MTMD) must assume the following responsibilities to facilitate snow removal operations. These responsibilities are in addition to those already stipulated by the municipality.

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Find out if your property borders a provincial road

To find out if your property borders an MTMD road, and to find out about your other obligations in this regard, visit the: Obligation of owners of land bordering a road under provincial competence.

Place bins in private driveways

At all times, it is forbidden to place an obstacle on the roadway or shoulder of the road. You must therefore place your recycling and garbage bins in your driveway and not on the roadway or shoulder. This will facilitate snow removal operations.

Install snow removal markers at a safe distance from the road

Entrance markers (reflective stakes, etc.) must:

  • Be of a color, shape, and size that do not resemble road signs, so as not to create confusion;

  • Be positioned so as not to interfere with the visibility or legibility of road signs;

  • Be placed at a sufficient distance from sidewalks, curbs, or the roadway so as not to interfere with winter maintenance operations. A minimum distance of one meter is preferred;

  • Give way easily in the event of impact by a road vehicle.

Leave snow on the ground

It is forbidden to push snow onto traffic lanes and the shoulders of public roads. In addition to complicating snow-clearing operations, this practice can be detrimental to the safety of road users. Accumulated snow can create obstacles that can, in some cases, lead to loss of control and accidents.

Do not dump snow in ditches

It is forbidden to move or dispose of snow in ditches. This can hinder the flow of drainage water when the snow melts in spring. It can also affect the road network, causing road foundations to collapse, water to overflow onto the roadway or flooding on private property.

Park your vehicle where permitted

Where parking is permitted, check for road signs that may prohibit parking, especially during snow clearing or snow blowing operations.

Last update: March 20, 2024


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