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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Winter Operations......brrrrrr!

Transportation Services ready for Winter

REMINDER... the North York Winter Bylaw comes into effect on December 1st until March 31, 2006. Between the hours of 11PM and 7AM, all vehicles are prohibited from being parked on all city streets within the former North York area. Parking enforcement will be out in full force throughout the winter season..

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 Services.

“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