Snow Removal & Roads

There are over 50km of roads, streets and lanes within the City of Rossland. Many of these roads are steep and often narrow, requiring a high level of service, particularly in winter conditions. If you see a non-emergency problem on the roads, report it here. For an emergency situation, contact City Hall during business hours (9am-4pm). For after-hours emergencies, please call 1(866)417-4104.

Snow Removal

The City of Rossland receives an annual average snowfall of 370cm or 12'2" and maintains approximately 45km of paved roadways and 6 kilometers of unpaved roadways. All of these roads are plowed by City crews in accordance to our current policy. Sidewalks are plowed under contract to the City in accordance with snow removal policies. Note that the City does not apply any salt to road surfaces. Salt flushes into the local streams and can cause environmental degradation.

Following a snow fall or series of storms, City crews first priority is to ensure that all road surfaces are passable. Following this, it may be required to remove snow from the edges of the roads and areas where there is minimal snow storage. Businesses and residents can assist the City during snow removal in a number of ways:

  • Remove all unused vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. from streets and boulevards.
  • Comply with "snow removal in progress" signs.
  • Park vehicles off of City streets/avenues when snow removal is in progress or when snow removal signage is in place.
  • Remove snow and ice from sidewalks fronting their properties.
  • DO NOT shovel, plow or blow snow from driveways onto streets. Violations will be subject to Bylaw Enforcement action.
  • The City will not clear windrows from private driveways.
  • Stay well back from trucks and plows at all times.
  • Children should be advised not to play on snow banks adjacent to roads and remain clear from snow removal equipment.
  • Do not place steel posts or rocks on boulevards as markers. Those responsible for any such installations will be held liable for injury or damage they cause.

If you have any further questions about the Snow Removal program, please call City Hall at (250)362-7396.

Street Sweeping

The City has a steet sweeping truck that is used regularly through the spring and summer to minimize dust accumulation on the roads. Residents will be informed as to when in the Spring the street sweeping program is to start to ensure that any sand they wish to have removed from their boulevard to picked up. It is not the City's policy to return to sweep a street if residents have not cleaned up sand from boulevards.

Surface Maintenance Program

The City Public Works crew is responsible for patching and other surface works on the roads. This work is typically completed in the summer months, with a focus on remedying potholes that disrupt traffic then depending on budget constraints and other department projects and objectives, further surface defect work will be undertaken. Projects involving resurfacing of a city block or more falls under the City's capital improvements plan.

Right of Way Maintenance

City crews provide some right of way maintenence as required to continue safe operation of vehicles or utilities. Such work may include brush cutting, ditching, tree pruning and felling and catchbasin cleaning. Residents and businesses are responsible for maintaining the condition of the boulevards fronting their property.

Sidewalks, Stairs and Retaining Walls

The City is responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks and stairs on public property. If you see an issue, please report it here. Many streets in Rossland have retaining walls, the responsibility for the maintenance of these structures varies depending on who built the wall and whether it support City assets - if you have a problem with a retaining wall, please contact the City Engineer.

Street Lights and Other Utilities

Many of the street lights within the City are managed by Fortis BC, however the City should be contacted if there is a problem with any light poles, luminaires or wires. In the event of any wires touching the ground within the Road Right of Way, immediately call City Hall for assistance.


Sand is used on all residential streets as required to improve traction for vehicles and pedestrians. The application of sand is often concurrent with plowing, however in some conditions or on some roads it may not be appropriate to apply sand during this pass. Drivers are reminded to drive to the conditions and ensure that they have winter tires in good condition and either a four wheel drive vehicle or snow chains available to ensure access in all conditions.