The equipment is ready, the salt reserves have been stockpiled and City staff is prepared as the City’s 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 clear of ice and snow,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “With the planning and preparations we have made, we’re ready for whatever Old Man Winter can dish out.”

The City’s main goal is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles. “After we’re satisfied that the main roads are in good shape, then we can move on to the local roads,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. Welsh added 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 crews do their work and by taking public transit whenever possible.

For more information about the City’s winter operations, visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow