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) - Dewdney Trunk Road, south from 222 Street and the Haney Bypass to 240 Street and River Road
Route 4 (PDF) - Pitt Meadows Border and Dewdney Trunk Road, south from Maple Meadows Way to River road and 222 Street
Route 5 (PDF) - Pitt Meadows Border and Dewdney Trunk Road, north to 138 Ave/Foreman Dr and south to Dewdney Trunk Road and 232 Street
Route 6 (PDF) - Rock Ridge and Silver Valley Neighbourhoods – Foreman Drive and 132 Ave and Fern Cres
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.