HALTON HILLS, ON – The cold weather season has municipal staff preparing for snow with vehicle testing, new employee training and ensuring adequate salt and sand supplies to maintain the roads.
Mayor Rick Bonnette commented that the Town’s response to heavy snow will be carried out per Council’s approved policies that set out the priority routes, focusing first on main arterial roads, then collector roads and finally, residential and rural roads.
“I want to remind residents that we will clear roads as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “However, please be patient as it does take time for the plows to get to all of our local streets. We do recognize the importance of road maintenance in supporting drivers’ safety.”
Chris Mills, Commissioner of Transportation and Public Works noted that the Town adheres to a Winter Control Program to manage over 1000 kilometres of roads, 157 km of sidewalks, and 27 municipal parking lots.
“There is a lot of work to do and staff operates in a sequential and planned manner,” he said. “As the Mayor noted, winter control is performed in priority sequence: Regional roads such as Trafalgar Road are cleared first; then arterial roads such as Guelph Street then collector roads like Delrex followed by local urban and rural roads. Resources have also been realigned within Public Works to focus on sidewalks at the beginning of snow events.”
Residents are asked to note the following:
• Heavy snowfall or successive storms extend winter control activities resulting in delays getting to the local roads.
• There is a Town-wide parking prohibition on streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 15 to April 15 for night-time snow clearing operations.
• Municipally-maintained sidewalk snow clearing starts at the beginning of a snow event; staff will endeavour to complete within 48 hours after the event has ended.
• Residents are asked to assist with clearing snow from fire hydrants.
• Snow should not be shoveled back onto roadways per By-Law #90-68.
• Residents asked to ensure garbage and blue boxes are kept off roadways.
Transportation and Public Works After-Hours Service
For after-hours inquiries including winter control, call the Town of Halton Hills at 905-873-2600, press 2 and follow the prompts. The call will be directed to the appropriate contact where residents will either speak to the Town’s live answering service, or be able to leave a message for administrative staff.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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Manager of Corporate Communications
905-873-2601, ext. 2412
Chris Mills, P.Eng.
Commissioner of Transportation and Public Works