Maple Ridge has been divided into six zones called routes. Heavy equipment, plows and salting trucks are dispatched into these zones as the snow begins to fall (and before snowfalls to salt the road) to keep the main arterial roads as clear as possible. Priority roads are marked with a 'gold' line on the route maps listed below:
Route 1 (PDF) - 272 Street, 280 Street, south of Dewdney Trunk Road
Route 2 (PDF) - 240 Street, 268 Street, south of Dewdney Trunk Road
Route 3 (PDF) - North and south of Dewdney Trunk Road between 232 Street and 250 Street
Route 4 (PDF) - 252 Street, Garibaldi Street, north and south of Dewdney Trunk Road
Route 5 (PDF) - 203 Street, 232 Street, primarily north of Dewdney Trunk Road
Route 6 (PDF) - Maple Meadows Way, 240 Street, primarily south of Dewdney Trunk Road
These routes have been developed based on a number of key criteria including:
access to emergency service facilities
main transit routes
high volume arterial roads
roads and bridges that provide the only access to large neighbourhood centres
Crews clear these 'gold routes' as marked on their zone maps until the snow stops falling, and once the snow stops and these routes are clear, crews begin working on secondary routes where access to schools and other public facilities is essential.
The amount of snow will dictate the response and how resources are deployed. Maple Ridge vehicles are all equipped with global positioning system (GPS) tracking systems and are dispatched and monitored from the Operations Centre. This is a critical component of the snow clearing plan, as we are able to move resources from one zone to another based on 'micro-climate' conditions that may see one zone with little snow while another may be inundated with snow. Within Maple Ridge there are wide variations in snowfall amounts, and as the crews see that one area is getting a larger accumulation of snow than others, resources are redeployed as required. As we saw in 2008, some side streets or culs-de-sac did not see a plow as resources were required to keep priority routes clear. Our team is committed to restoring access for residents as fast as possible.