Winter Control How To Stay Safe During The Winter Season

  • Listen to local radio, TV stations, or check our Website for periodic emergency notifications.

  • SLOW DOWN. Be aware of the road conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.

Municipal Sidewalks

There are 410 kms of sidewalks within Chatham-Kent. Since 1998, the Public Works Department has continued pre-amalgamation level of service for each former municipality when maintaining sidewalks during winter control operations. Service levels varied with each urban area, from plowing the entire community’s sidewalk (ex. Chatham and Blenheim), to clearing only business area with various combinations of arterial roads, heavily travelled sidewalks, school areas and bridges (ex. Bothwell, Thamesville, Tilbury, Ridgetown, Wallaceburg, and Dresden). The downtown core and high pedestrian area sidewalks are cleared to bare concrete if possible and anti-icing material is spread to prevent slips and falls. As a rule in residential areas, the sidewalk is plowed (snow packed condition) to provide a path to walk and no abrasive is spread. In a number of smaller urban areas (ex. Pain Court and Tupperville), no winter maintenance was done on sidewalks.

Public Works has now expanded winter control to all municipal sidewalks.


Sidewalk plowing will be done by internal staff and contractors based on the following classifications:

  • Class I: Downtown business areas to have snow and ice removed to as near bare concrete as feasible, plus spreading of abrasives (salt and/or sand when required to prevent slip and falls). Work commencing within 2 hours of a 75 mm snow event and completed within 24 hours of the end of the snow event.

  • Class II: Mains, Arterial, collector streets, bus routes, hospital areas, school areas and bridge structures to be plowed to at least a snow pack condition. Work commencing within 12 hours of a 75 mm snow event and completed within 24 hours of the end of a snow event.

  • Class III: Local residential, minor collector streets to be plowed to at least a snow pack condition. Work commencing within 24 hours of a 75 mm snow event and completed within 48 hours of the end of a snow event.

  • Class IV: Walkways or sidewalks in park areas would not be plowed under this contract


Snow Angel Program


The Snow Angel Program is a community service that provides volunteers to shovel snow for seniors and shut-ins who have no other assistance available. For more information contact Tom Curtin, Snow Angels 519.354.9546 or email cksnowangels@outlook.com or refer to the attached link https://chathamkent.cioc.ca/record/CHK0318