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November 21, 2005
Transportation Services ready for winter
The ploughs are ready, the salt reserves have been stockpiled and City staff is
prepared as the Transportation Services Division gets set to face another
winter season.

The city’s 600 snow ploughs, 300 sidewalk ploughs, 200 salt trucks and more
than 1,600 staff are ready for winter to begin.

“Our equipment and staff is ready again this year to keep Toronto’s streets and
sidewalks clear of ice and snow,” said Councillor Shelley Carroll, chair of the
city’s Works committee. “While a mild winter is always welcome, we’re ready
for the worst that winter can throw at us.”

“We’ve improved our equipment and continue with staff training. We’ve been
pleased with the results,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation

“Our main goal is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC
vehicles. After we’re satisfied that they are in good shape, then we can move
on to the local roads,” said Welsh, adding that local roads will be completed
between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends.

The public 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
their sidewalks and driveways, avoid parking on city streets to help the
ploughs do their work and by taking public transit whenever possible.

Transportation Services will also continue to reduce salt use as part of its
Salt Management Plan. The city has improved its fleet of salt spreading
trucks, provided better training for staff that operate salt trucks as well as
improved salt storage and handling techniques.

“We want to minimize the amount of salt we use, but continue to balance that
with keeping the streets safe for all road users,” added Welsh.

For more information about the city’s winter operations, visit the website at

Note: There will be a media availability on Tuesday, November 22 at 433
Eastern Avenue at 10 a.m. for media interested in discussing winter operations
activities with Councillor Shelley Carroll and Transportation staff. Winter
operations equipment will be available for photos at this time as well.

Media Contact:

Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Coordinator



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