Winter hasn’t officially arrived and we haven’t been hit with any major snowfall yet, but Toronto will be ready when it happens.
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Chair, Jaye Robinson, revealed the strategy city crews will take when the white stuff touches down.
An investment of $94 million has been made into the 2016/17 snow clearing budget which includes an arsenal of 600 road plows, 200 salt trucks and 300 sidewalk plows. All of which have technology upgrades including plows with GPS and electronic spreading controls.
Robinson asked for patience from drivers and residents pointing out that Toronto is a big place with 5,600 km of roads on 9,500 streets.
“At 2 cm’s of snow, the plows go to the express ways,” said Robinson, “At 5 cm’s, the plows start working on the main roads, and we keep tackling these roads throughout the entire storm.”
Travellers on the smaller local roads will have to have the most patience, as plows will not get to those streets until 8 cm’s have fallen.
When the general manager of transportation services declares a major snow storm condition, parking on main routes will be prohibited to allow city staff and contractors to clear snow.
The city will provide mechanical sidewalk snow clearing where it can, however for some parts of Toronto, it’s not possible.
With that, public works is asking all residents and business owners in those areas to clear the ice and snow from sidewalks within 12 hours of a snowfall for public safety reasons.
There are fines for those failing to do so in the neighbourhood of $125.00 as per Municipal Code Chapter 719.
The city also recommend the use of clay kitty litter, as it provides better traction than ice melting salt.
We have 5,600 km of roads on 9,500 streets – it’s a big operation, but we have a great team & plan in place. pic.twitter.com/3fcDvDbdAF
— Jaye Robinson (@JayeRobinson) November 23, 2016
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) November 23, 2016