November 29, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York road crews ready for winter

Residents reminded to drive with extra caution during snow and freezing rain
NEWMARKET – With the first signs of winter starting to appear, staff from The Regional Municipality of York Roads Transportation department remind residents they are prepared for winter snow and ice on Regional roads this winter.
 
York Region can experience drastically varying winter weather patterns, so it is important that motorists give themselves extra time to get to destinations, drive to the conditions of the road and be cautious around snow removal equipment.  Please remember that any amount of snow or ice on our roads can make driving difficult. 
 
To assist residents with winter driving in our community, the York Region website contains some helpful tips at www.york.ca/wintersafedriving
 
The Region's Transportation Services department is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 1,100 kilometres (or more than 3,400 lane-kilometres) of arterial roadways, including snow removal, sanding, salting and the use of salt-brine to prevent ice build-up on roads. 
 
Some quick facts about York Region’s $14-million winter maintenance program:
 
• Number of vehicles for winter maintenance      68
• Average time for sand/salt spreading (one round of all Regional roads)  90 minutes
• Average time for plowing and sanding/salting (one round of all Regional roads) 130 minutes
• Cost of sand per tonne        $15
• Cost of salt per tonne         $80
• Average amount of salt used (one round)      355 tonnes
• Cost of salt (one round)        $28,250
• Cost of salt-brine (one round)        $12,500
• Cost of one round of salting (includes equipment and labour)   $54,000
• Cost of one round of plowing (includes sanding/salting, equipment and labour) $56,000
 
York Region uses a road weather information system to track rain, snow and ice across our communities and GPS tracking to maximize the effectiveness of the winter maintenance fleet before, during and after winter storms.
 
York Region’s Transportation Services department works together with colleagues from the Community and Health Services department and York Regional Police to keep our roads safe by engineering safer roads, educating drivers about road conditions and supporting traffic enforcement efforts by members of York Regional Police.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
Members of the media who wish to partake in snow plow ride-a-longs can contact York Region Corporate Communications.  Please arrange one day prior to the ride-a-long.
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905 251-6419
Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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