City of Toronto gearing up for winter season

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With winter just around the corner, the City of Toronto is once again getting ready to tackle snow and ice when it hits the streets.

Winter is also high season for watermain breaks. Cold weather plus rapid swings between periods of thaw and freezing put pipes under stress. Crews are ready to respond to minor and severe breaks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We are prepared for whatever winter throws at us this season," said Mayor Rob Ford. "We have our fleet of equipment – 600 snow plows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks that will keep the roads and sidewalks clear and safe during winter for the travelling public. Keeping the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles is our main priority. After that, we'll move on to the local roads. We usually complete these roads between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends."

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads, while local roads and laneways are salted soon after. Once 2.5 centimetres of snow has accumulated, then plowing will begin on the expressways and when five centimetres has accumulated, plowing will begin on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads will continue until the operation is complete.

Once the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres, local road plowing will begin. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311. Residents are asked to only call 311 during the storm if they would like to report an urgent winter-related concern. Residents are asked to not call 311 during the storm to ask when their street will be cleared.

"Residents can play a role in assisting with our snow clearing efforts," said Councillor Denz