posted on Jan. 31: Storm hindering salting, clearing of walkways, campus roads


Physical plant is advising drivers and pedestrians on campus to use extreme caution during the current storm.

Physical plant staff are having difficulty maintaining snow removal and salting on campus roads and walkways due to the continuous snowfall.

As well, physical plant advises that parking lots will not be plowed today due to freezing rain forecast for this afternoon.

The storm is being monitored (Environment Canada weather forecast) and staff are making every effort to ensure walkways and roads are cleared as quickly as possible.

Physical plant's snow plan calls for areas to be cleared on a priority basis.

All emergency accesses to Hamilton Health Sciences' McMaster location, bus routes, the Cootes Paradise Drive on and off ramps and bridge, the heliport landing and the route to the hospital from the landing and other main roads are first priority for truck snow removal.

Routes for people with disabilities, heavily travelled sidewalks and bus stops are cleared next by vehicle.

Priority areas to be cleared by hand include all main entrances, steps and ramps to buildings.

Parking lots will be cleared tonight once evening classes are finished.

The University's storm emergency procedure policy, outlining the process to determine when McMaster is closed, can be found at Storm Emergency Policy and Procedures.

Note: Shuttle buses to Zone 6 & 7 will continue to run on their regular schedule until 10:50 p.m. or earlier if not required as long as road conditin are safe to do so.