Let it snow because TO is ready.
Toronto’s winter maintenance crews are poised to clear snowfall and clear slippery conditions with a proposed budget of $100 million, pending city council approval.
“As we begin this winter season, I want to assure you that safety is our top priority. “The City of Toronto is prepared for the coming winter weather,” said Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie. “It takes time to clear our roads of snow and ice. Please be patient, help your neighbors and give the winter service teams space to do their important work.”
The winter service budget will be used to clear 14,700 kilometers of lanes on roads and cycle paths, 7,900 kilometers of sidewalks and 956 kilometers of cycle paths.
The city has a fleet of more than 1,400 snow removal equipment ready for use on the roads 24 hours a day.
When the weather turns wintry, salting is the first line of defense.
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Snow clearing begins when there is 2.5 centimeters of snow on highways, five centimeters on main and thoroughfares and eight centimeters on residential streets.
“Residents also have an important role to play in ensuring road safety in winter. Property owners are responsible for clearing public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 12 hours of the snowfall ending if less than two inches of snow accumulates,” the city said in a statement.
Barbara Gray, executive director of Transportation Services, says residents can have confidence that snow crews are on duty for them.
“Our priority is to make sure everyone moves safely and the way they want to this winter. “While the time it takes to clear snow and ice varies depending on weather conditions,” Gray said.
“You can trust our teams to respond as soon as snow begins to fall and continue to clear roads, sidewalks and cycle paths 24 hours a day, seven days a week until they are clear. We have the right equipment and personnel to meet Toronto’s snow removal service levels and get the job done.”
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