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November 26, 2009
Transportation Services set for winter season
  
The City’s fleet of snow plows, salt trucks and sidewalk plows are geared up and ready for whatever winter throws at the City this year. With 600 snow plows, 300 sidewalk plows, 200 salt trucks and more than 1,600 staff, the City of Toronto is ready to tackle another winter season.

“Again this year, our main goal is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles,” said Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Works and Infrastructure Committee. “When we are satisfied that they are in good shape, then we can move on to the side streets,” he added, noting that local roads will be completed between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends.

The public has a role to play, too. Residents and business owners can help the City’s efforts in clearing snow by doing a few simple things such as not pushing snow back onto the road after clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways, avoiding parking on city streets to help the plows do their work, and by taking public transit whenever possible.

Again this year, the City will concentrate on an improved level of service for sidewalk snow clearing. This includes increasing service on main streets with high pedestrian volumes and frequent transit stops, streamlining the service so that it follows closely behind roadway plowing and enhancing service to prevent ice buildup on sidewalks in prolonged cold periods.

In addition, the City will be piloting the use of anti-icing liquids and alternatives to salt on local streets and sidewalks with an eye toward reducing salt use, making plowing more efficient and making the sidewalks safer for pedestrians.

This effort is part of the City’s continued effort to reduce salt use as part of its Salt Management Plan. As part of this plan, the City has improved its fleet of salt spreading trucks, provided better training for staff who operate salt trucks, as well as improved salt storage and handling techniques.

“We continue to minimize the amount of salt we use, but continue to balance that with keeping the streets safe for all road users,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services.

For more information about the city’s winter operations, visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391




 

 

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