New City of Toronto website lets residents see when streets have been plowed and salted
February 10, 2016
The City's winter maintenance program keeps roads and sidewalks safe for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. From November to April, Transportation Services staff patrol expressways, arterial roads, and “trouble spots” like hills 24/7. Staff monitor weather forecasts from various service providers so that the appropriate response to any condition can be achieved in a timely manner.
Now the City of Toronto has created a webpage that enables residents to track when a street has been serviced, as well as the location of operating plows, sidewalk plows and salt trucks.
The webpage uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) installed on plows and salt trucks to determine when a road was serviced using a colour coded system. If a road was serviced within the last four hours, the road will show a green line. If within four to 12 hours, the road will have a blue line, and for 12 to 24 hours the road will show as red.
At this time, the exact timing for when plows or salt trucks will service specific streets is not yet available. Varying amounts of snow received during a given period and potential route changes can make it difficult to accurately predict when service of a specific street will occur.
You can also follow the City's winter operations activities on Twitter @TO_WinterOps. More information about the City of Toronto’s snow-clearing operations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/.