News Release: December 5, 2019
Winter road safety is a top priority
Working together to keep roads clear and safe
Brampton, ON. (December 5, 2019) – With snow well in our forecasts, we are ready to respond around the clock to clear roads of snow and ice and ensure safe driving conditions.
What we do
The Region is responsible for clearing and maintaining 1666 kilometres of regional roads, most of which carry high volumes of traffic and generally have higher driving speeds than local roads.
Our municipalities – Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga clear local and residential streets and sidewalks. Together, we coordinate winter road clearing activities to ensure timely and effective services along all roads in Peel.
“Winter road safety is a top priority for us,” said Mark Crawford, Manager of Roads Operations and Maintenance, Region of Peel. “The community relies on our crews, who together with the local municipalities, brave the elements any time of day or night to provide road and sidewalk clearing so that residents can travel around safely. Please remember to give snow plows space when driving and never pass a working vehicle as visibility around these vehicles can be poor.”
Starting in the fall when temperatures begin to drop, our anti-icing trucks start applying'brine', a water and salt mix, on dry roads and bridges to help prevent ice from forming. Using brine reduces application rates for salt, which benefits the environment and excessive use of salt.
Other best practices we use when prepping for winter weather include:
- Road patrol on all regional roads 24/7, providing on road feedback on developing conditions
- Advanced weather forecasting systems to monitor atmospheric and road conditions at various weather zones throughout Peel
What can you do
Follow these tips to help operations run smoothly:
- Reduce your speed to react to winter road conditions
- Keep distance and give right-of-way to winter maintenance vehicles
- Be cautious driving on bridges as black ice can form quickly
- Be informed of current winter conditions and forecast and plan for increased travel times
- Adhere to parking restrictions that may be in place during the winter and do not park on the sidewalk
- Don’t park on the street until it has been salted or plowed. Parked cars block access for snow clearing equipment and emergency vehicles.
Learn more about winter road maintenance on our regional roads. Visit your local municipality's website for more information on local and residential streets, sidewalks and trails in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
For snow clearing updates, follow us on Twitter @PeelPublicWorks
Media ContactsGloria Leonardis
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4667
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.