The City of Abbotsford maintains and manages approximately 910 km of paved roadways. Severe weather conditions can seriously impact the City from a social, environmental and economic perspective with an unsafe road network. In order to provide an effective and efficient response that aligns with Council’s strategic vision, a Council Policy was developed in which the roads have been classified into three priorities:
- First Priority Roadways: includes approximately 350 kilometers of all high volume and strategic arterial and collector roads which includes transit routes, school zones and major access to hillside areas.
- Second Priority Roadways: includes approximately 170 kilometers of the remaining arterial, hillside and collector routes.
- Third Priority Roadways: includes the remaining approximately 390 kilometers of roadways, usually local roadways, not identified as first and second priority.
First priority roads are maintained until conditions are under control and safe, subject to worker and equipment availability and weather. Once these roads are cleared, resources are redirected to second priority routes and then to third priority routes. View the Snow and Ice Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
View the snow clearing priority route details
- Red Route - First Priority Roadways
- Green Route - Second Priority Roadways
- Non-Marked Routes - Third Priority Roadways
Snow and Ice Preparations
In preparation of winter conditions, training sessions are held for public works staff to prepare them for snow conditions. The equipment resources are also prepared, including installation of snow plowing accessories, to ensure everything is operational for winter conditions. The sand and salt is stocked at four storage sheds located strategically throughout the City for an efficient response time. The anti-ice solution (sodium chloride) production and storage tanks are inspected and prepared for potential winter conditions.