City of Toronto  

Living in TorontoDoing businessVisiting TorontoAccessing City Hall
 
All news releases
Last 30 days
By month
Search
   
Newsroom
   
Archived news release by year
  2013
  2012 - 2011 - 2010
  2009 - 2008 - 2007
  2006 - 2005 - 2004
  2003 - 2002 - 2001
  2000 - 1999 - 1998
   
RSS identifier linked to feed RSS
   
   
 
January 6, 1999
City of Toronto Snow Removal Update - January 2-3 Snowstorm
  
Fact Sheet
  • 35-45 cm. of snow fell on Toronto (depending on area)
  • one day accumulation of snow greatest since 1992
  • second worst one day storm in Toronto's recorded weather history
  • officially recorded as a blizzard by Environment Canada
Snow Removal Information
  • 441 snowplows in operation
  • 165 salt trucks in operation
  • 160 sidewalk plows in operation
  • 800 staff (approximately) involved in snow clearing across the City plus an additional 1400 contract employees Contracting has two major advantages that benefit the city: the city does not have capital expenses related to equipment purchase and maintenance and more people available through contractors, which allows the snow to be cleared faster
  • Cost expected to be between $3 million and $5 million to clean every city street, depending on whether or not all snow is removed or pushed to the side of the road
  • Main road plowing began at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 2. Subdivision plowing began at 12:00 midnight Sunday, January 3
  • Main roads opened by Sunday afternoon
  • Main roads within city are considered "good" with the exception of some curb lanes where snow has been plowed
  • Plowing operations will continue over next 2 - 3 days or until all roads have been plowed
  • Parked cars pose significant problems for snow removal, people asked not to park cars on city streets
  • Spot snow removal and clearing of intersections continues
  • Equipment on loan from the provincial government will begin plowing this evening provided the plows are not needed elsewhere
Additional Information
  • The emergency snow removal by-law, in its present form, cannot be extended. However, all residents are encouraged to continue efforts to help in the snow removal effort by keeping parked cars off main streets
  • To report a road in the City of Toronto that still needs to be cleared of snow, call: East York (416) 396-2800 Etobicoke (416) 394-8570 Main roads (Metro) (416) 392-5555 North York (416) 395-6205 Scarborough (416) 396-7372 Toronto (416) 392-7737 York (416) 394-2630
City of Toronto Transportation Information
  • 5,100 km of roads
  • 8,200 km of sidewalks
  • 500 bridges
  • 4,000 bus shelters


Media Contact
Gary Welsh
(Program Contact)
(416) 396-7842

Steve Johnston
Media Relations Officer
(Media Contact)
(416) 397-5272

 

 

Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2019