Winter road safety is a top priority at the Region of Peel.
With more than 1600 kilometres of roads to maintain, we're prepared to respond to snow and ice events around the clock and to clear our roads to bare pavement.
Together with our local municipalities, the Region coordinates winter road and sidewalk clearing activities to ensure efficient and effective services along all roads in Peel.
As soon as there is a possibility of ice formation on our roadways, particularly bridges, our anti-icing trucks start applying liquid salt called brine directly on to dry roads, bridges, higher curves and bends in the road. Brine helps prevent frost and black ice from forming and works best when applied to dry roads.
We can treat roadways up to three days in advance of possible ice forming conditions and it will last for several days. Using brine reduces the need for salt which is better for the environment and helps save the Region taxpayer dollars.
We can all help keep our community safe and winter operations running smoothly this season by following these tips during a snow event:
- Drive appropriately to the weather conditions
- Keep distance and give right-of-way to winter maintenance vehicles
- Be cautious driving on bridges as black ice can form quickly despite dry-looking pavement
- Give yourself extra space behind other vehicles for a safe stopping distance
- Install snow tires on your vehicle to provide you with more traction and control on the roads
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
Stay aware and drive safe this winter.