09/20/2012 10:32 EDT | Updated 11/20/2012 05:12 EST

New Brunswick government shifts snowplowing policy for rural roads into reverse

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government is shifting a planned reduction in snowplowing service this winter into reverse.

In an effort to cut costs, the Transportation Department announced last year it would stop plowing roads with fewer than three homes that were occupied full-time.

Transportation Minister Claude Williams says that change has been cancelled because staff have been able to find other ways to streamline operations.

As a result, the plowing service will not change for 176 roads in the province.

Williams says the policy change only applies to existing roads with fewer than three residences occupied full-time.