City operations crews are primed and ready for whatever this winter brings, as London witnesses its first predicted heavy snowfall.
Winter operations staff track weather conditions and use road temperature sensors, located in strategic locations throughout the city, to monitor roads for snow and ice detection. Crews go out as soon as the temperature drops and snow is forecast, applying a special liquid concoction of salt brine and beet juice to prevent ice from forming on roads.
“Thank you to everyone who works around the clock to ensure our morning commute is safe and simple,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We’ve invested in new technologies such as on-road sensors and dedicated weather tracking systems, those paired with our skilled operators make London one of the best prepared municipalities in Ontario when winter hits.”
When the snow begins to fall, salt trucks go out on all primary and secondary roads, along with snow ploughs on main roads and bus routes.
Ploughs can take as long as six hours to clear main routes once the snow has stopped. If 10cms or more of snow has fallen, the ploughs then head in to clear residential streets.
Depending on the extent of the snowfall, most residential streets are cleared within 24 hours after the snow has stopped.
“One of the key factors to clearing residential streets as quickly as possible is for drivers to not park vehicles on residential streets during a snowfall,” said John Parsons, division manager of transportation and roadside operations. “Our trucks move much faster and more efficiently when streets are clear of vehicles.”
Residents are reminded to remain patient during heavy snowfalls, as the city’s entire fleet will be out and all streets will be ploughed according to provincial guidelines.
Information and answers to frequently asked questions are available online at www.london.ca, by sending an email to email@example.com or by phoning the city at 519-661-4570.