December 19, 2011

York Region is prepared for winter weather on roads

Residents reminded to drive with extra caution around other vehicles and pedestrians

NEWMARKETWith a mix of warm and cold weather patterns across our community, The Regional Municipality of York Transportation Services department is well prepared to keep Regional roads clear of snow and ice this winter.

The Region is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 1,100 kilometres (or more than 3,400 lane-kilometres) of main roadways. This includes snow removal, sanding, salting and use of salt-brine to help prevent build-up of ice on roads.

York Region typically experiences varying winter weather patterns. It is important that motorists give themselves space between vehicles, extra time to arrive at their destinations, drive to the conditions of the road and be extremely cautious around snow removal vehicles. Please remember any amount of snow or ice on our roads can make driving difficult.

Quick facts about York Region’s $14-million winter maintenance program:

  • 81: Number of vehicles for winter maintenance
  • 90 minutes: Average time for sand/salt spreading (one round of all Regional roads)
  • 130 minutes: Average time for plowing and sanding/salting (one round of all Regional roads)
  • 360 tonnes: Average amount of salt used (one round)
  • $57,700: Cost of one round of salting (includes equipment and labour)
  • $59,825: Cost of one round of plowing (includes sanding/salting, equipment and labour) 

York Region uses a road weather information system to track rain, snow and ice and GPS tracking to maximize the effectiveness of the winter maintenance fleet before, during and after winter storms.

Statistics collected by York Region indicate there is a higher risk of collisions between vehicles and between vehicles and pedestrians occurring between the months of November and February. Overall, 55 per cent of all collisions are due to driver error.

To help keep motorists and pedestrians safe on our roads, York Region has a number of safety tips on our website

York Region’s Transportation Services department works with colleagues from the Community and Health Services department and York Regional Police to keep our roads safe. Together, staff build safer roads, educate drivers about road conditions and support traffic enforcement efforts by members of York Regional Police.

Visit York Region's Facebook or Twitter page this winter for updates on how major winter storms are affecting Regional roads. Follow us on: York Region @YorkRegionGovt

Snow plow ride-a-longs can be arranged for media. Those interested in participating 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
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232. Cell: 905-251-6419.
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

 For more information visit us at Follow us on : York Region   @YorkRegionGovt  
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